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Concepts and Ideas at the Dawn of Islam

1st Edition

By M.J. Kister


318 pages

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Hardback: 9780860786528
pub: 1997-10-30

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This book deals with the history of pre-Islamic Arab society and the emergence of Islam, as reflected in hadith, adab, historical, genealogical and exegetical literature. Among the themes discussed are the ethnic composition of the population of Mecca, the evolving relationship between the nascent state in Medina and Muslim religious ideas, as well as some aspects of early Muslim expansion. Other articles deal with Jahili tribal groups and their contribution to emerging Islam. An extensive article is devoted to Adam as a great herald and predecessor of Muhammad.

Table of Contents

Contents: On strangers and allies in Mecca; Khuza’a; Kuda’a; Land property and jihad: a discussion of some early traditions; Social and religious concepts of authority in Islam; ’Do not assimilate yourselves…’: la tashabbahu; ’…and he was born circumcised…’ some notes on circumcision in hadith; The locust’s wing: some notes on locusts in the hadith; Adam: a study of some legends in tafsir and hadith literature; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General