Introduction--Josef W. Meri Bibliography of the Works of Wilferd Madelung--Farhad Daftary Part I: The Transmission of Knowledge Universities: Past and Present--George Makdisi The ijaza from Abd Allah b. Iali al-Samahiji (d. 1135/1722) to Nabir al-Jarudi al-Qanifi (d. 1164/1750-51). A Source for the Twelver Shiite Scholarly Tradition of Ba'rayn--Sabine Schmidtke Between Qum and the West: The Occultation according to Early Islamic Sources--Andrew J. Newman Memory and Maps Emilie Savage-Smith Abu ayyan al-Taw idi: A Sunni Voice in the Shii Century--Wadad al-Qaai Part II: Memorializing, Remembering and Forgetting Bal'ami's Account of Early Islamic History--Elton J. Daniel Say It Again and Make Me Your Slave: Notes on al-Daylam's Seventh Sign of Man's Love of God--Joseph Norment Bell Lists, Memory and Enquiry: Ibn Qutayba and Muhammad ibn Habib--Julia Bray Wa'iz Kashfi's 'Garden of the Martyrs' and the Subtext to the Portrayal of the Iman Husain in the Shii Martyrdom Narrative of the Late Timurid Period Abbas Amanat Part III: Commemorating Rulers, Dynasties and Conquests The Legitimation of Power in Samanid and Buyid Iran--Luke Treadwell The Beginning of the Ismaili Dawa and the Establishment of the Fanimid Dynasty as Commemorated by al-Qaai al-Numan--Ismail K. Poonawala Religious Identity, Dissimulation and Collective Memory: The Ismaili Context--Farhad Daftary Purloined Symbols of the Past: The Theft of Souvenirs and Sacred Relics in the Rivalry Between the Abbasids and Fatimids--Paul E. Walker Conceptions of Authority and the Transition of Shiism from Sectarian to National Religion in Iran--Said Amir Arjomand Umara's Poetical View of Shawar and Iirgham, Shirkuh and Iala al-Din, as Viziers under Fanimid Guidance--Pieter Smoor.
The relationship between the workings of memory and the formation of culture is intriguingly close in the world of medieval Islam. In this book, distinguished contributors explore broad-ranging themes relating to memory, memorisation, memorialising or commemorating in a variety of historical, legal, literary and architectural contexts. Abbas Amanat, Irene Bierman, Elton Daniel, George Makdisi, Andrew Newman, Roy Mottahedeh, Ismail K. Poonawala and Paul E. Walker examine lists and maps as memory aids, the transmission of knowledge and traditions from medieval to early-modern times, the application of medieval notions of law and statecraft and the commemoration of individuals, civilisations and dynasties in historical and literary works, on coinage and in monumental forms. This is a fascinatingly original perspective on a topic which will engage scholars of Islamic history and sociology, as well as cultural history and the history of ideas.
Presents a selection of articles that illustrate the intellectual curiosity and theoretical vigour with which Arabs and non-Arabs living in the medieval Muslim world pursued scientific endeavours. The focus is firmly on articles published during the last 20 years, during which the discipline has enjoyed a new bloom.
What exactly is the Qur'an? How does this extraordinary document -- literally "recitation" -- relate to the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the religion of the Prophet, which came to be called "Islam" (or submission to God's will), at the center of which lies the Qur'an, give birth to a legacy so richly diverse in faith, law and civilization? This immaculately researched, but at the same time thoroughly accessible, book offers a journey into the full range of experience -- past and present, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that share in Islamic tradition. The volume examines a broad diversity of themes and topics. Poets, cities and the architecture of mosques are as much a part of its exploration as the role of science in belief, ways of reading scripture, the relationship of women to the faith and the emergence of a "digital community" of believers. In the aftermath of 9/11, the so-called "war on terror" and a new global geopolitics defined by reaction and response to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it is imperative to understand -- across all its frontiers -- what Islam is about and what Muslims believe. A Companion to the Muslim World comprises an attractive and coherent attempt by distinguished scholars to contibute towards that vital process of comprehension.
Lists articles, notes, and similar literature on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the date range of 450 to 1500 for the entire continent of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for the period before the Muslim conquest and parts of those areas subsequently controlled by Christian powers.
Through oral interviews, analyses of museums, newly reconfigured "Jewish quarters,excavated Jewish sites, popular festivals, tourist brochures, literature and art, The Memory Work of Jewish Spain explores what happens when these initiatives are implemented at the local level in cities and towns throughout Spain, and how they affect Spain's present.
This collection of articles offers new insights into warfare and its impact on medieval society, analyzing social and economic issues, military strategy, technology, medical developments, ideology and rhetoric, and addressing warfare in Europe, the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world.
Source of Power and Culture ; Papers from the Second International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, Istanbul 21 - 23 June 2010
Author: Ayla Ödekan
Publisher: Ege Yayinlari
The proceedings of the Second International Sevgi Gonul Byzantine Studies Symposium held in Istanbul in June 2010 are published here under four headings: The first chapter includes seven papers on Byzantine palace architecture. Second chapter includes nine papers on the Byzantine court as the center of imperial power. Third chapter includes seven papers on the ceremonies held at the court and in the city. Last chapter on court culture and visual arts presents seven papers.
In a series of ground-breaking studies, Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam explores the multi-layered and complex textual universe of medieval Islam, ranging from sacred texts to anecdotes, and from history to biography. Power and the body reign supreme as they intersect with social, cultural, and gender issues.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
This is volume one of a two-volume world history text. The book takes a thematic approach, exploring different civilizations in a comparative manner and central themes are used to highlight the interconnectedness of the world's development across cultures and time. The approach is roughly chronological, though the organization deals with broader comparative issues such as the family. The text explores how different parts of the world often follow similar paths, even at different times and how similarities or differences in development can be revealing about particular societies, for example a chapter on gods, goddesses and god kings in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The book places less emphasis on political history and more on social, economic and cultural, with coverage of gender and family. The section openers have comparative chronological charts to help keep the student oriented with respect to events in different parts of the world and learning aids include debating the past boxes, daily life boxes, two four-colour photo-essays and marginal heads to help keep track of the testable material.
This is the first world history of empire, reaching from the third millennium BCE to the present. By combining synthetic surveys, thematic comparative essays, and numerous chapters on specific empires, its two volumes provide unparalleled coverage of imperialism throughout history and across continents, from Asia to Europe and from Africa to the Americas. Only a few decades ago empire was believed to be a thing of the past; now it is clear that it has been and remains one of the most enduring forms of political organization and power. We cannot understand the dynamics and resilience of empire without moving decisively beyond the study of individual cases or particular periods, such as the relatively short age of European colonialism. The history of empire, as these volumes amply demonstrate, needs to be drawn on the much broader canvas of global history. Volume Two: The History of Empires tracks the protean history of political domination from the very beginnings of state formation in the Bronze Age up to the present. Case studies deal with the full range of the historical experience of empire, from the realms of the Achaemenids and Asoka to the empires of Mali and Songhay, and from ancient Rome and China to the Mughals, American settler colonialism, and the Soviet Union. Forty-five chapters detailing the history of individual empires are tied together by a set of global synthesizing surveys that structure the world history of empire into eight chronological phases.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is an outstanding resource for anyone studying, or with an interest in, all aspects of European history, society, religion, and culture from 500 to 1500. Its 5,000-plus entries, written by over 800 international scholars, provide uniquely broad, balanced, and authoritative coverage of the period.
George Orwell said that it was necessary to have a picture of the future before taking a rational political decision. Readers will find in this book off-the-cuff reflections on university education, the voicing of convictions grounded in the practice of democracy, the nuts and bolts of the concept of development, and the notes of a man, former Director-General of UNESCO, caught up by an ideal.