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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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Ethics in Islam Friendship in the Political Thought of Al-Tawhidi and his Contemporaries

Ethics in Islam: Friendship in the Political Thought of Al-Tawhidi and his Contemporaries

1st Edition

By Nuha Al-Shaar
January 02, 2015

Offering a new reading of Islamic ethical and political thought in the Būyid period (334-440/946-1048), this book focuses particularly on the philosopher Abū Hayyān al-Tawhīdī who lived in Baghdad and what is now western Iran. Ethics in Islam provides the first major treatment of al-Tawhīdī's ...

Legal Authority in Premodern Islam Yahya B Sharaf Al-Nawawi in the Shafi'i School of Law

Legal Authority in Premodern Islam: Yahya B Sharaf Al-Nawawi in the Shafi'i School of Law

1st Edition

By Fachrizal A. Halim
December 16, 2014

Offering a detailed analysis of the structure of authority in Islamic law, this book focuses on the figure of Yahyā b. Sharaf al-Nawawī, who is regarded as the chief contributor to the legal tradition known as the Shāfi'ī madhhab in traditional Muslim sources, named after Muhammad b. Idrīs ...

Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes

Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes

1st Edition

By Roshdi Rashed
August 18, 2014

This book follows the development of classical mathematics and the relation between work done in the Arab and Islamic worlds and that undertaken by the likes of Descartes and Fermat. ‘Early modern,’ mathematics is a term widely used to refer to the mathematics which developed in the West during the...

Ibn ‘Arabî - Time and Cosmology

Ibn ‘Arabî - Time and Cosmology

1st Edition

By Mohamed Haj Yousef
February 23, 2011

This book is the first comprehensive attempt to explain Ibn ‘Arabî’s distinctive view of time and its role in the process of creating the cosmos and its relation with the Creator. By comparing this original view with modern theories of physics and cosmology, Mohamed Haj Yousef constructs a new ...

Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s)

Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism: Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s)

1st Edition

By Amal N. Ghazal
March 27, 2014

Bridging African and Arab histories, this book examines the relationship between Islam, nationalism and the evolution of identity politics from late 19th Century to World War II.  It provides a cross-national, cross-regional analysis of religious reform, nationalism, anti-colonialism from Zanzibar ...

Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought Al-Ghazali's Theory of Mystical Cognition and Its Avicennian Foundation

Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought: Al-Ghazali's Theory of Mystical Cognition and Its Avicennian Foundation

1st Edition

By Alexander Treiger
March 19, 2014

It has been customary to see the Muslim theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) as a vehement critic of philosophy, who rejected it in favour of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), a view which has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. This book argues that al-Ghazali was, instead, one of the ...

A History of Early Al-Andalus The Akhbar Majmu'a

A History of Early Al-Andalus: The Akhbar Majmu'a

1st Edition

By David James
March 07, 2014

The Akhbār majmū‘a, or 'Collected Accounts', deal with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula in 711 and subsequent events in al-Andalus, down to and including the reign of ‘Abd al-Rahmān III (912-961), founder of the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus . No Arabic text dealing with the early ...

Being Human in Islam The Impact of the Evolutionary Worldview

Being Human in Islam: The Impact of the Evolutionary Worldview

1st Edition

By Damian Howard
March 07, 2014

Islamic anthropology is relatively seldom treated as a particular concern even though much of the contemporary debate on the modernisation of Islam, its acceptance of human rights and democracy, makes implicit assumptions about the way Muslims conceive of the human being. This book explores how the...

Muslim Fortresses in the Levant Between Crusaders and Mongols

Muslim Fortresses in the Levant: Between Crusaders and Mongols

1st Edition

By Kate Raphael
March 07, 2014

During much of the twelfth century the Crusaders dominated the military scene in the Levant. The unification of Egypt and Syria by Saladin gradually changed the balance of power, which slowly begun to tilt in favour of the Muslims. This book examines the development and role of Muslim fortresses in...

The UAE and Foreign Policy Foreign Aid, Identities and Interests

The UAE and Foreign Policy: Foreign Aid, Identities and Interests

1st Edition

By Khalid S. Almezaini
March 07, 2014

This book offers a concise and detailed analysis of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign aid as a main instrument in its foreign policy. Exploring the cultural factors that have impacted on the foreign policy behaviour of the UAE and its foreign aid, the author argues that Arabism and Islamic ...

Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam

Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily: Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam

1st Edition

By Alexander Metcalfe
January 13, 2011

The social and linguistic history of medieval Sicily is both intriguing and complex. Before the Muslim invasion of 827, the islanders spoke dialects of either Greek or Latin or both. On the arrival of the Normans around 1060 Arabic was the dominant language, but by 1250 Sicily was an almost ...

Folklore and Folklife in the United Arab Emirates

Folklore and Folklife in the United Arab Emirates

1st Edition

By Sayyid Hamid Hurriez
March 08, 2011

A unique description and analysis of the domains and genres of UAE folklore, including folk customs and beliefs, traditional arts and crafts, folk dances, folk narratives and proverbs. Challenging the established meaning of folklife, this volume also deals with folklore in public life, in the mass ...

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