This definitive sourcebook presents more than sixty authoritative new translations of key Islamic texts. Edited and translated by three leading specialists, Classical Islam features eight thematically-linked sections covering the Qur'an and its interpretation, the life of Muhammad, hadith, law, theology, mysticism and Islamic history. The new edition has been expanded to cover a fuller range of material illustrating the growth of Islamic thought from its seventh-century origins through to the end of the medieval period. It includes illustrations, a glossary, extensive bibliography and explanatory prefaces for each text. Classical Islam is an essential resource for the study of early and medieval Islam and its legacy.
"The vision of a comprehensive anthology of medieval Islamic religious texts has reached its zenith in this second edition. The readable translations and helpful introductions provide faculty and students with a necessary library of texts for close reading and discussion in courses on Islam." - Richard C. Martin, Emory University, USA
"A substantial and rich selection from key texts, together with clear and helpful explanations of the literature and subjects discussed." - Gerald Hawting, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
"An invaluable sourcebook.' - Centre for Islamic Studies Newsletter
List of Illustrations. Preface. Map: Centres of Muslim Learning in Medieval Times. Part One: Formation and Salvation History 1. The Quran 2. The Life of Muhammad 3. Hadith 4. Religious History Part Two: Elaboration of the Tradition 5. Qu'ranic Interpretation 6. Theology and Philosophy 7. Law 8. Sufism. Glossary-Index.