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Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

About the Series

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.

74 Series Titles

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Schools of Qur'anic Exegesis Genesis and Development

Schools of Qur'anic Exegesis: Genesis and Development

1st Edition

By Hussein Abdul-Raof
March 15, 2013

Qur’anic exegesis has become the battleground of political Islam and theological conflict among various Muslim schools of thought. Using comparative and contrastive methodology, examples from the Qur'an are investigated in the light of various theological views to delineate the birth, development ...

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus

1st Edition

By Shari Lowin
December 09, 2013

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and homo-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to ...

Skepticism in Classical Islam Moments of Confusion

Skepticism in Classical Islam: Moments of Confusion

1st Edition

By Paul L. Heck
December 04, 2013

The first major treatment of skepticism in Islam, this book explores the critical role of skeptical thinking in the development of theology in Islam. It examines the way key thinkers in classical Islam faced perplexing questions about the nature of God and his relation to the world, all the while ...

The Formative Period of Twelver Shi'ism Hadith as Discourse Between Qum and Baghdad

The Formative Period of Twelver Shi'ism: Hadith as Discourse Between Qum and Baghdad

1st Edition

By Andrew J. Newman
December 21, 2010

Shows how the frictions and disparities between the different pockets of believers scattered throughout the Eastern Islamic world in the late ninth and tenth centuries, the relations between each of these and the Abbasid political institution favoured the narration of different bodies of the Imams'...

Modern Arab Historiography Historical Discourse and the Nation-State

Modern Arab Historiography: Historical Discourse and the Nation-State

1st Edition

By Youssef Choueiri
March 07, 2003

Inclusing a new introduction and conclusion, this revised second edition deals with a vital yet neglected ingredient in modern Arab culture. It is the only scholarly study of Arab historiography. It covers the periods 1820-1920 (Pioneers and Amateurs) and 1920 to today (Professional Historians...

The Qur'an in Christian-Muslim Dialogue Historical and Modern Interpretations

The Qur'an in Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Historical and Modern Interpretations

1st Edition

By Corrie Block
September 26, 2013

Offering an analysis of Christian-Muslim dialogue across four centuries, this book highlights those voices of ecumenical tone which have more often used the Qur’an for drawing the two faiths together rather than pushing them apart, and amplifies the voice of the Qur’an itself. Finding that there ...

Religious Scholars and the Umayyads Piety-Minded Supporters of the Marwanid Caliphate

Religious Scholars and the Umayyads: Piety-Minded Supporters of the Marwanid Caliphate

1st Edition

By Steven Judd
September 10, 2013

Religious Scholars and the Umayyads analyzes legal and theological developments during the Marwānid period (64/684--132/750), focusing on religious scholars who supported the Umayyads. Their scholarly network extended across several generations and significantly influenced the development of the ...

Qur'an Translation Discourse, Texture and Exegesis

Qur'an Translation: Discourse, Texture and Exegesis

1st Edition

By Hussein Abdul-Raof
December 21, 2010

The Qur'an is read by millions of Muslims on a daily basis, yet there is no book available to the reader, Arab or non-Arab, which provides a linguistic and rhetorical insight into Qur'anic discourse. This book explains Qur'an translational problems and provides a thorough account of the unique ...

The Origins of Islamic Law The Qur'an, the Muwatta' and Madinan Amal

The Origins of Islamic Law: The Qur'an, the Muwatta' and Madinan Amal

1st Edition

By Yasin Dutton
August 30, 2002

If the Qur'an is the first written formulation of Islam in general, Malik's Muwatta' is arguably the first written formulation of the Islam-in-practice that becomes Islamic law. This book considers the methods used by Malik in the Muwatta' to derive the judgements of the law from the Qur'an and is ...

The Muslim Conquest of Iberia Medieval Arabic Narratives

The Muslim Conquest of Iberia: Medieval Arabic Narratives

1st Edition

By Nicola Clarke
August 14, 2013

Medieval Islamic society set great store by the transmission of history: to edify, argue legal points, explain present conditions, offer political and religious legitimacy, and entertain. Modern scholars, too, have had much to say about the usefulness of early Islamic history-writing, although this...

Al-Ghazali, Averroes and the Interpretation of the Qur'an Common Sense and Philosophy in Islam

Al-Ghazali, Averroes and the Interpretation of the Qur'an: Common Sense and Philosophy in Islam

1st Edition

By Avital Wohlman
August 06, 2013

This book examines the contrasting interpretations of Islam and the Qur’an by Averroes and Al-Ghazali, as a way of helping us untangle current impasses affecting each Abrahamic faith. This has traditionally been portrayed as a battle between philosophy and theology, but the book shows that Averroes...

Mulla Sadra and Metaphysics Modulation of Being

Mulla Sadra and Metaphysics: Modulation of Being

1st Edition

By Sajjad H. Rizvi
April 24, 2013

Mulla Sadra is one of the most important Islamic philosophers after Avicenna. In this exploration of his philosophy, Sajjad H. Rizvi examines the central doctrine of the modulation of being, and contextualises his work within the intellectual history of philosophical traditions in the Islamic East....

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