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Religion and Culture in Medieval Islam

Religion and Culture in Medieval Islam

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Georges Sabagh, George Makdisi, W. Montgomery Watt, Merlin Swartz, Irfan Shahid, George Saliba, Roger Arnaldez, Mahmoud Ayoub
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  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2005
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521623506

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  • George Makdisi has brought together six of the most distinguished scholars in the field to explore the religion and culture of medieval Islam. This is an original and stimulating exchange. Makdisi's introductory essay focuses on the interaction between religion and culture in classical Islam and Christendom, Merlin Swartz analyses the homilies of Ibn al-Jawazi, Irfan Shahid considers the implications of the Arabic character of the Koran, George Saliba assesses Ash'arite thought in astrology and astronomy, Roger Arnaldez reflects on the religious cultures of medieval Islam, and Mahmoud Ayoub draws together the common historic threads of Muslim-Jewish and Muslim-Christian popular worship. W. Montgomery Watt concludes the volume by addressing the question of the future of Islam, posing a parallel with the Judaic reaction to Hellenistic culture.

    • Focused approach to subject from seven distinguished scholars in the field
    • Comparative approach looking at interaction between medieval Islam and Christian Europe
    • Interdisciplinary appeal to Islamicists, historians, religious studies students, and scholars in literature, science and philosophy
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    '… a significant contribution to this important area of study …'. Journal of the American Oriental Society

    '… thorough researched and convincingly argued theories make absorbing reading …'. Studia Orientalia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521623506
    • length: 128 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 145 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2005
  • Table of Contents

    Presentation of award to fourteenth recipient Georges Sabagh
    1. Religion and culture in Classical Islam and the Christian West George Makdisi
    2. The future of Islam W. Montgomery Watt
    3. Arabic rhetoric and the Aart of the homily in Medieval Islam Merlin Swartz
    4. Medieval Islam: the literary-cultural dimension Irfan Shahid
    5. The Ash'arites and the science of the stars George Saliba
    6. Religion, religious culture and culture Roger Arnaldez
    7. Cult and culture: common saints and shrines in Middle Eastern popular piety Mahmoud Ayoub.

  • Editors

    Richard G. Hovannisian, University of California, Los Angeles

    Georges Sabagh, University of California, Los Angeles


    Georges Sabagh, George Makdisi, W. Montgomery Watt, Merlin Swartz, Irfan Shahid, George Saliba, Roger Arnaldez, Mahmoud Ayoub

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