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Culture and Civilization in the Middle East


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This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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Ibn al-Haytham's Geometrical Methods and the Philosophy of Mathematics A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 5

Ibn al-Haytham's Geometrical Methods and the Philosophy of Mathematics: A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 5

1st Edition

Edited By Roshdi Rashed
April 17, 2017

This fifth volume of A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics is complemented by four preceding volumes which focused on the main chapters of classical mathematics: infinitesimal geometry, theory of conics and its applications, spherical geometry, mathematical astronomy, etc. This book includes...

Theological Approaches to Qur'anic Exegesis A Practical Comparative-Contrastive Analysis

Theological Approaches to Qur'anic Exegesis: A Practical Comparative-Contrastive Analysis

1st Edition

By Hussein Abdul-Raof
July 13, 2017

This book provides a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the various schools of Qur'anic exegesis, from the earliest periods through to the present day. Employing a comparative-contrastive methodology, the author examines traditional and rational schools of thought – such as the Mu’tazili, Shi...

Ibn al-Haytham and Analytical Mathematics A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 2

Ibn al-Haytham and Analytical Mathematics: A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 2

1st Edition

By Roshdi Rashed
May 25, 2017

This volume provides a unique primary source on the history and philosophy of mathematics and the exact sciences in the mediaeval Arab world. The second of five comprehensive volumes, this book offers a detailed exploration of Arabic mathematics in the eleventh century as embodied in the legacy of ...

Ghazali's Politics in Context

Ghazali's Politics in Context

1st Edition

By Yazeed Said
May 18, 2017

Imam Abü Hamid al-Ghazalı is perhaps the most celebrated Muslim theologian of medieval Islam yet little attention has been paid to his personal theology. This book sets out to investigate the relationship between law and politics in the writings of Ghazalı and aims to establish the extent to which ...

Orthodoxy and Islam Theology and Muslim–Christian Relations in Modern Greece and Turkey

Orthodoxy and Islam: Theology and Muslim–Christian Relations in Modern Greece and Turkey

1st Edition

By Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos
May 05, 2017

Church History reveals that Christianity has its roots in Palestine during the first century and was spread throughout the Mediterranean countries by the Apostles. However, despite sharing the same ancestry, Muslims and Christians have been living in a challenging symbiotic co-existence for more ...

Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought Theoretical Compromises in the Works of Avicenna, al-Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi

Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought: Theoretical Compromises in the Works of Avicenna, al-Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi

1st Edition

By Maria De Cillis
January 27, 2017

The subject of "human free-will" versus "divine predestination" is one of the most contentious topics in classical Islamic thought. By focusing on a theme of central importance to any philosophy of religion, and to Islam in particular, this book offers a critical study of the intellectual ...

Women and Leadership in Islamic Law A Critical Analysis of Classical Legal Texts

Women and Leadership in Islamic Law: A Critical Analysis of Classical Legal Texts

1st Edition

By David Solomon Jalajel
November 09, 2016

Islamic law has traditionally prohibited women from being prayer leaders and heads of state. A small number of Muslims today are beginning to challenge this stance, but they face considerable opposition from the broader Muslim community. ‘Women and Leadership in Islamic Law’ examines the ...

Literature and the Islamic Court Cultural life under al-Sahib Ibn 'Abbad

Literature and the Islamic Court: Cultural life under al-Sahib Ibn 'Abbad

1st Edition

By Erez Naaman
February 26, 2016

Courts were the most important frameworks for the production, performance, and evaluation of literature in medieval Islamic civilization. Patrons vying for prestige attracted to their courts literary people who sought their financial support. The most successful courts assembled outstanding ...

Angels in Islam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti's al-Haba'ik fi akhbar al-mala'ik

Angels in Islam: Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti's al-Haba'ik fi akhbar al-mala'ik

1st Edition

By Stephen Burge
December 13, 2011

Angels are a basic tenet of belief in Islam, appearing in various types and genres of text, from eschatology to law and theology to devotional material. This book presents the first comprehensive study of angels in Islam, through an analysis of a collection of traditions (hadīth) compiled by the ...

Science and Religion in Mamluk Egypt Ibn al-Nafis, Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection

Science and Religion in Mamluk Egypt: Ibn al-Nafis, Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection

1st Edition

By Nahyan Fancy
July 22, 2015

The discovery of the pulmonary transit of blood was a ground-breaking discovery in the history of the life sciences, and a prerequisite for William Harvey’s fully developed theory of blood circulation three centuries later. This book is the first attempt at understanding Ibn al-Nafīs’s anatomical ...

The Poetics of Ancient and Classical Arabic Literature Orientology

The Poetics of Ancient and Classical Arabic Literature: Orientology

1st Edition

By Esad Durakovic
May 01, 2015

Through analysing ancient and classical Arabic literature, including the Qur'an, from within the Arabic literary tradition, this book provides an original interpretation of poetics, and of other important aspects of Arab culture. Ancient Arabic literature is a realm of poetry; prose literary ...

Moral Rationalism and Shari'a Independent rationality in modern Shi'i usul al-Fiqh

Moral Rationalism and Shari'a: Independent rationality in modern Shi'i usul al-Fiqh

1st Edition

By Ali-Reza Bhojani
March 26, 2015

Moral Rationalism and Sharī'a is the first attempt at outlining the scope for a theological reading of Sharī'a, based on a critical examination of why 'Adliyya theological ethics have not significantly impacted Shī'ī readings of Sharī'a. Within Shī'ī works of Sharī 'a legal theory (usūl al-fiqh) ...

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