From Kavad to al-Ghazali Religion, Law and Political Thought in the Near East, c.600–c.1100
This volume brings together twelve articles by Patricia Crone dealing with pre-Islamic and Islamic religion, law and political thought. The first section focuses on the centuries before Islam, with studies on Mazdakism in Iran and on Islam as the key factor behind the outbreak of Iconoclasm in Byzantium. The second group of studies looks at problems in legal history, including the codification of the Qur'an, while the third investigates questions of political thought, amongst them a study of early Muslim anarchists, and an examination of the authorship of a work ascribed to al-Ghazali.
’The articles demonstrate a meticulous attention to detail in both the key primary and key secondary works.’ Journal of Semitic Studies ’[Crone's] first volume of collected studies is a chance to celebrate her intellectual journey, as well as being a useful and precious instrument.’ Oriente Moderno 'The publisher has done scholars a service by making these articles available in one volume...' Heythrop Journal