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Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

Series Editor: Ian Richard Netton

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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  1. Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes

    By Roshdi Rashed

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This book follows the development of classical mathematics and the relation between work done in the Arab and Islamic worlds and that undertaken by the likes of Descartes and Fermat. ‘Early modern,’ mathematics is a term widely used to refer to the mathematics which developed in the West during the...

    Published August 11th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Ibn al-Haytham, New Astronomy and Spherical Geometry

    A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 4

    By Roshdi Rashed

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This volume provides a unique primary source on the history and philosophy of mathematics and science from the mediaeval Arab world. The fourth volume of A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics is complemented by three preceding volumes which focused on infinitesimal determinations and other...

    Published May 30th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism

    Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s)

    By Amal N. Ghazal

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Bridging African and Arab histories, this book examines the relationship between Islam, nationalism and the evolution of identity politics from late 19th Century to World War II. It provides a cross-national, cross-regional analysis of religious reform, nationalism, anti-colonialism from Zanzibar...

    Published March 28th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Inspired Knowledge in Islamic Thought

    Al-Ghazali's Theory of Mystical Cognition and Its Avicennian Foundation

    By Alexander Treiger

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    It has been customary to see the Muslim theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) as a vehement critic of philosophy, who rejected it in favour of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), a view which has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. This book argues that al-Ghazali was, instead, one of the...

    Published March 21st 2014 by Routledge

  5. Muslim Fortresses in the Levant

    Between Crusaders and Mongols

    By Kate Raphael

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    During much of the twelfth century the Crusaders dominated the military scene in the Levant. The unification of Egypt and Syria by Saladin gradually changed the balance of power, which slowly begun to tilt in favour of the Muslims. This book examines the development and role of Muslim fortresses in...

    Published March 10th 2014 by Routledge

  6. The UAE and Foreign Policy

    Foreign Aid, Identities and Interests

    By Khalid S. Almezaini

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This book offers a concise and detailed analysis of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign aid as a main instrument in its foreign policy. Exploring the cultural factors that have impacted on the foreign policy behaviour of the UAE and its foreign aid, the author argues that Arabism and Islamic...

    Published March 10th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Being Human in Islam

    The Impact of the Evolutionary Worldview

    By Damian Howard

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Islamic anthropology is relatively seldom treated as a particular concern even though much of the contemporary debate on the modernisation of Islam, its acceptance of human rights and democracy, makes implicit assumptions about the way Muslims conceive of the human being. This book explores how the...

    Published March 10th 2014 by Routledge

  8. A History of Early Al-Andalus

    The Akhbar Majmu'a

    By David James

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    The Akhbar majmu‘a, or 'Collected Accounts', deal with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula in 711 and subsequent events in al-Andalus, down to and including the reign of ‘Abd al-Rahman III (912-961), founder of the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus . No Arabic text dealing with the early...

    Published March 10th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Skepticism in Classical Islam

    Moments of Confusion

    By Paul L. Heck

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    The first major treatment of skepticism in Islam, this book explores the critical role of skeptical thinking in the development of theology in Islam. It examines the way key thinkers in classical Islam faced perplexing questions about the nature of God and his relation to the world, all the while...

    Published November 21st 2013 by Routledge

  10. Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus

    By Shari Lowin

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and homo-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to...

    Published October 9th 2013 by Routledge