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Islamic Historiography

Islamic Historiography

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Part of Themes in Islamic History

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629362

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  • Chase Robinson's book is a timely introduction to Islamic historiography, from its origins in the seventh and eighth centuries to the fifteenth century. It covers the rise of the tradition, the historians' principal genres, assumptions and methods, and stresses the social and political functions of historical writing. It is an authoritative guide for students with little or no background in Islamic history or Arabic.

    • A short, accessible introduction to Islamic historiography
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    • A guide-to-the-perplexed, which will interpret the field to those with little or no knowledge of it
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    "...a welcome addition to the vexed field of Islamic historiography. It provides a solid introduction for the new student and both refreshes and often offers innovative theories for the seasoned scholar." Folklore Bulletin

    "...provides an excellent thematic overview, while, at the same time, introducing the reader to some of the Islamic world's most fascinating histories and historians." The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

    "...provides an approachable study of one of the world's least-studied intellectual traditions...Essential. All academic collections." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629362
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 166 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of maps
    Chronology I: the historians of the formative period
    Chronology II: the historians of the classical period
    Part I. Origins and Categories:
    1. Origins
    2. The emergence of genre
    3. Consequences and models
    4. Three categories: biography, prosopography, chronography
    Part II. Contexts:
    5. Historiography and traditionalism
    6. Historiography and society
    7. God and models of history
    8. Historians and the truth
    Part III. How Historians Worked:
    9. Vocations and professions
    10. Writing history
    Suggestions for further reading

  • Author

    Chase F. Robinson, University of Oxford
    Chase F. Robinson is University Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Oxford. His publications include Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia (2000).

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