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Studies in Medieval Muslim Thought and History

1st Edition

By Wilferd Madelung, edited by Sabine Schmidtke


328 pages

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Hardback: 9781409450122
pub: 2013-03-13

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This volume complements the selections of Wilferd Madelung’s articles previously published by Variorum (Religious Schools and Sects in Medieval Islam, Religious and Ethnic Movements in Medieval Islam and Studies in Medieval ShÄ«ism). The first sections contain articles examining intellectual and historical aspects of Mutazilism, the Ibāḍiyya, Ḥanafism and Māturidism, Sufism and Philosophy. The final group of articles focuses on aspects of early Muslim history. A detailed index completes the volume.


'This volume offers a welcome occasion to study Madelung’s methods and techniques as an intellectual historian.' Speculum

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Mu’tazilism: The theology of al-Zamakhshari; The late Mu’tazila and determinism: the philosophers’ trap; Abu l-Husayn al-Basri’s proof for the existence of God; Ibn al-Malahimi’s refutation of the philosophers. Part II Ibadiyya: Abd Allah ibn Ibaḍ and the origins of the Ibaḍiyya; Abd Allah ibn Ibaḍ’s 'second letter to Abd al-Malik'. Part III Hanafism and Maturidism: Abu l-Muin al-NasafÄ« and Ashari theology; The westward migration of Hanafi scholars from Central Asia in the 11th to 13th centuries. Part IV Sufism: Yusuf al-HamadanÄ« and the Naqsbandiyya; A treatise on the Imamate dedicated to Sultan Baybars I; To see all things through the sight of God: Naá¹£ir al-Din al-Ṭusi’s attitude to Sufism. Part V Philosophy: Nasir ad-Din Tusi’s ethics between philosophy, Shi’ism and Sufism; At-Taftazani und die Philosophie. Part VI History: Political horoscopes relating to late 9th-century ’Alids (co-author David Pingree); The vigilante movement of Sahl b. Salama al-Khurasani and the origins of Hanbalism reconsidered; Abu ’Ubayda Ma’mar b. al-Muthanna as a historian; ’Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr the mulhid; Abu’ l-’Amaytar the Sufiyani; Maslama b. Muharib: Umayyad historian; Was the Caliph al-Ma’mun a grandson of the sectarian leader Ustadhsis?; Rabia in the Jahiliyya and in early Islam; The four sisters are believers; Sayf b. ’Umar: Akhbari and ideological fiction writer; Indexes.

About the Authors

Wilferd Madelung was Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford, and is an Emeritus Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, UK. Sabine Schmidtke is Director of the Research Unit on Intellectual History of the Islamicate World and Professor in the Institute of Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval