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.Read more
- 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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'Jonathan Brockopp is an extraordinary scholar and Muhammad's Heirs is an extraordinary work of scholarship. It helps us to better understand the early development of Islam, and the key relationships between Muslims, Jews and Christians in that development.' Amir Hussain, Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
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- Date Published: February 2020
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107514379
- length: 247 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- contains: 17 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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
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