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Muhammad's Heirs
The Rise of Muslim Scholarly Communities, 622–950

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107106666

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  • Muslim scholars are a vital part of Islam, and are sometimes considered 'heirs to the prophets', continuing Muhammad's work of establishing Islam in the centuries after his death. But this was not always the case: indeed, Muslims survived the turmoil of their first century largely without the help of scholars. In this book, Jonathan Brockopp seeks to determine the nature of Muslim scholarly communities and to account for their emergence from the very beginning of the Muslim story until the mid-tenth century. By analysing coins, papyri and Arabic literary manuscripts from the ancient mosque-library of Kairouan, Tunisia, Brockopp offers a new interpretation of Muslim scholars' rise to positions of power and influence, serving as moral guides and the chief arbiters of Muslim tradition. This book will be of great benefit to scholars of comparative religion and advanced students in Middle Eastern history, Islamic Studies, Islamic Law and early Islamic literature.

    • Offers a wide array of primary sources (including significant excerpts from texts) to provide an overview of the history of early Muslim scholarly communities
    • Sets the rise of Islam in a multi-religious context through the use of sources from a variety of religious viewpoints, making it ideal for readers of multiple faiths and disciplines
    • Presents the first published overview of important early Islamic manuscripts in a separate appendix
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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107106666
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Foundations, 622–680
    2. Integration of the proto-scholar, 680–750
    3. Rise of the Muslim scholar, 750–820
    4. Scholarship and the literary turn, 820–875
    5. Mature scholarly community of Kairouan, 875–950
    Conclusion
    Appendix.

  • Author

    Jonathan E. Brockopp, Pennsylvania State University
    Jonathan E. Brockopp is an Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is the editor of and contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad (Cambridge, 2010).

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