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The Formation of the Classical Islamic World


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The Qur’an: Style and Contents

The Qur’an: Style and Contents

1st Edition

Andrew Rippin
December 05, 2016

This volume is one of two edited by Andrew Rippin which are designed to complement one another, and to comprehend the principal trends in modern scholarship on the Qur’an. Both volumes are provided with a new introduction by the editor, analysing this scholarship, and providing references for...

Hadith: Origins and Developments

Hadith: Origins and Developments

1st Edition

Harald Motzki
September 09, 2016

Hadith is understood here in its broader meaning as the bulk of the texts which contain information on the prophet Muhammad and his Companions, having the form of transmissions from them. The reliability of this material as a source for early Islam is still a highly debated issue. This selection of...

Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam

Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam

1st Edition

Averil Cameron
April 17, 2013

This volume reflects the huge upsurge of interest in the Near East and early Islam currently taking place among historians of late antiquity. At the same time, Islamicists and Qur'anic scholars are also increasingly seeking to place the life of Muhammad and the Qur'an in a late antique background....

Education and Learning in the Early Islamic World

Education and Learning in the Early Islamic World

1st Edition

Claude Gilliot
August 22, 2012

Studying education and learning in the formative period of Islam is not immediately easy, since the sources for this are relatively late and frequently project backwards to the earlier period the assumptions and conditions of their own day. The studies in this volume have been selected for the...

The Articulation of Early Islamic State Structures

The Articulation of Early Islamic State Structures

1st Edition

Fred M. Donner
February 28, 2012

This volume reprints nineteen articles that deal with the formation of the first Islamic state under the 'rightly-guided' and Umayyad caliphs (632-750 CE). The articles (five of which originally appeared in languages other than English and are translated here) trace the crystallization of key...

Early Islamic Poetry and Poetics

Early Islamic Poetry and Poetics

1st Edition

Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych
October 19, 2009

This volume brings together a set of key studies on classical Arabic poetry (ca. 500-1000 C.E.), published over the last thirty-five years; the individual articles each deal with a different approach, period, genre, or theme. The major focus is on new interpretations of the form and function of the...

The Expansion of the Early Islamic State

The Expansion of the Early Islamic State

1st Edition

Fred M. Donner
May 21, 2008

This volume presents a selection of the key studies in which leading scholars since the beginning of the 20th century attempt to explain the phenomenally rapid expansion of the early Islamic state during the 7th century CE. The articles debate the causes for the conquest movement or expansion, the...

The Turks in the Early Islamic World

The Turks in the Early Islamic World

1st Edition

C. Edmund Bosworth
February 09, 2007

This volume brings together a set of key articles, along with a new introduction to contextualize them, on the role of Turkish peoples in the Western Asiatic world up to the 11th century. Such topics as the geographical and environmental original milieux of these peoples in the forest zone and...

The Early Islamic Grammatical Tradition

The Early Islamic Grammatical Tradition

1st Edition

Ramzi Baalbaki
February 02, 2007

The last decades have witnessed a major resurgence of interest in the Arabic grammatical tradition. Many of the issues on which previous scholarship focused - for example, foreign influences on the beginnings of grammatical activity, and the existence of grammatical "schools" - have been revisited,...

The Development of Islamic Ritual

The Development of Islamic Ritual

1st Edition

Gerald Hawting
July 28, 2006

This volume is concerned with the origins, development and character of ritual in Islam. The focus is upon the rituals associated with the five 'pillars of Islam': the credal formula, prayer, alms, fasting and pilgrimage. Since the 19th century academic scholarship has sought to investigate Muslim...

Arab-Byzantine Relations in Early Islamic Times

Arab-Byzantine Relations in Early Islamic Times

1st Edition

Michael Bonner
September 12, 2005

The Byzantine Empire was the Islamic commonwealth’s first and most stubborn adversary. For many centuries it loomed large in Islamic diplomacy, military operations and commerce, as well as in Islamic representations of the world in general. Moreover, the ways in which early Muslims and Byzantines...

Muslims and Others in Early Islamic Society

Muslims and Others in Early Islamic Society

1st Edition

Robert Hoyland
July 28, 2004

The interaction between Muslims and the other religious denominations of the Middle East in the period 620-1020 is the subject of this volume. This is arguably the single most important issue in the history of the early Islamic Middle East, since the Muslims were initially a minority in the lands...

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