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Islamic Historiography

Islamic Historiography



Part of Themes in Islamic History

  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629362

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  • How did Muslims of the classical Islamic period understand their past? What value did they attach to history? How did they write history? How did historiography fare relative to other kinds of Arabic literature? These and other questions are answered in Chase F. Robinson's Islamic Historiography, an introduction to the principal genres, issues, and problems of Islamic historical writing in Arabic, that stresses the social and political functions of historical writing in the Islamic world. Beginning with the origins of the tradition in the eighth and ninth centuries and covering its development until the beginning of the sixteenth century, this is an authoritative and yet accessible guide through a complex and forbidding field, which is intended for readers 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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    'He is to be commended for the outstanding effort he has invested and the solid scholarship he exhibits in this work, which earns his Islamic Historiography a place beside distinguished recent studies on the subject … Robinson's notes are exceptionally informative, and offer a rich guide to further specialized readings on a wide range of topics not at all restricted to Islam. It makes an outstanding textbook for students of Islamic studies, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.' Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • 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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