Mirror for Princes (En)
2015, offset print on coated paper, 25 × 20 cm, 192 pages, colour throughout, OTA binding, gloss-laminated dust jacket and softcover
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A form of political writing often called advice literature shared by Christian and Muslim lands, during the Middle Ages, mirrors for princes attempted to elevate statecraft (dawla) to the same level as faith/religion (din). These guides for future rulers – Machiavelli’s The Prince being a widely-known if later example – addressed the delicate balance between seclusion and society, spirit and state, echoes of which we continue to find in the US, Europe and the Middle East several centuries later.
Published by JRP|Ringier / NYU Abu Dhabi. ISBN 9783037644072