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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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German Orientalism The Study of the Middle East and Islam from 1800 to 1945

German Orientalism: The Study of the Middle East and Islam from 1800 to 1945

1st Edition

By Ursula Wokoeck
March 21, 2013

During the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, German universities were at the forefront of scholarship in Oriental studies. Drawing upon a comprehensive survey of thousands of German publications on the Middle East from this period, this book presents a detailed history of the ...

Eastern Christianity in the Modern Middle East

Eastern Christianity in the Modern Middle East

1st Edition

Edited By Anthony O'Mahony, Emma Loosley
March 11, 2013

The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and the home to a number of Eastern Churches with millions of followers. This book provides a comprehensive survey of the various denominations in the modern Middle East and will be of interest to a wide variety of scholars and students studying ...

Founding Figures and Commentators in Arabic Mathematics A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 1

Founding Figures and Commentators in Arabic Mathematics: A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 1

1st Edition

By Roshdi Rashed, Nader El-Bizri
November 15, 2011

In this unique insight into the history and philosophy of mathematics and science in the mediaeval Arab world, the eminent scholar Roshdi Rashed illuminates the various historical, textual and epistemic threads that underpinned the history of Arabic mathematical and scientific knowledge up to the ...

Orientalism Revisited Art, Land and Voyage

Orientalism Revisited: Art, Land and Voyage

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Richard Netton
January 31, 2013

The publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism in 1978 marks the inception of orientalism as a discourse. Since then, Orientalism has remained highly polemical and has become a widely employed epistemological tool. Three decades on, this volume sets out to survey, analyse and revisit the state of the...

A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo The History of Cambridge University's Genizah Collection

A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo: The History of Cambridge University's Genizah Collection

1st Edition

By Stefan Reif
March 09, 2000

Explains how Cairo came to have its important Genizah archive, how Cambridge developed its interests in Hebraica, and how a number of colourful figures brought about the connection between the two centres. Also shows the importance of the Genizah material for Jewish cultural history....

Christians in Al-Andalus 711-1000

Christians in Al-Andalus 711-1000

1st Edition

By Ann Rosemary Christys
November 14, 2011

Our current image of the Christian population of al-Andalus after AD711 reflects the way history has been written. The Christians almost disappeared from the historical record as the historians of the conquering Muslims concentrated on the glories of the Ummayads.This book reconsiders, through ...

The Philosophical Poetics of Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes The Aristotelian Reception

The Philosophical Poetics of Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes: The Aristotelian Reception

1st Edition

By Salim Kemal
December 13, 2010

This book examines the studies of Aristotle's Poetics and its related texts in which three Medieval philosophers - Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes - proposed a conception of poetic validity (beauty), and a just relation between subjects in a community (goodness). The work considers the relation of ...

Islamic Ethics Divine Command Theory in Arabo-Islamic Thought

Islamic Ethics: Divine Command Theory in Arabo-Islamic Thought

1st Edition

By Mariam al-Attar
November 13, 2012

This book explores philosophical ethics in Arabo-Islamic thought. Examining the meaning, origin and development of "Divine Command Theory", it underscores the philosophical bases of religious fundamentalism that hinder social development and hamper dialogue between different cultures and nations. ...

Original Islam Malik and the Madhhab of Madina

Original Islam: Malik and the Madhhab of Madina

1st Edition

By Yasin Dutton
June 09, 2009

Original Islam investigates the primacy of Madinan Islam and the madhhab (school of law) of its main exponent, Malik ibn Anas. It contains an annotated translation of Intisar al-faqir al-salik li-tarjih madhhab al-Imam al-kabir Malik, which was written by al-Ra'i, a fifteenth-century ...

Comte de Gobineau and Orientalism Selected Eastern Writings

Comte de Gobineau and Orientalism: Selected Eastern Writings

1st Edition

Edited By Geoffrey Nash, Daniel O'Donoghue
June 21, 2012

Though known to specialists, Comte de Gobineau’s vital if idiosyncratic contribution to Orientalism has only been accessible to the English reader through secondary sources. Especially important for its portrayal of an esoteric Sufi sect like the Ahl-i Haqq, and its vivid narrative of the Babi ...

Shi'i Theology in Iran The Challenge of Religious Experience

Shi'i Theology in Iran: The Challenge of Religious Experience

1st Edition

By Ori Goldberg
October 05, 2011

Taking a theologically oriented method for engaging with historical and cultural phenomena, this book explores the challenge, offered by revolutionary Shi’i theology in Iran, to Western conventions on theology, revolution and religion’s role in the creation of identity. Offering a stringent ...

Islam and Science The Intellectual Career of Nizam al-Din al-Nisaburi

Islam and Science: The Intellectual Career of Nizam al-Din al-Nisaburi

1st Edition

By Robert Morrison
August 25, 2011

In examining the work of eminent fourteenth century Iranian Shiite scholar Nizam al-Din al-Nisaburi, this book is the first rigorous attempt to explain the cross-fertilization of scientific and religious thought in Islamic civilization. Nisaburi did not consider himself a scientist alone, ...

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