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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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41-50 of 61 results in Culture and Civilization in the Middle East
  1. Folklore and Folklife in the United Arab Emirates

    By Sayyid Hamid Hurriez

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    A unique description and analysis of the domains and genres of UAE folklore, including folk customs and beliefs, traditional arts and crafts, folk dances, folk narratives and proverbs. Challenging the established meaning of folklife, this volume also deals with folklore in public life, in the mass...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  2. Structure and Meaning in Medieval Arabic and Persian Lyric Poetry

    Orient Pearls

    By Julie Meisami

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This is the first comprehensive and comparative study of compositional and stylistic techniques in medieval Arabic and Persian lyric poetry. Ranging over some seven countries, it deals with works by over thirty poets in the Islamic world from Spain to present-day Afghanistan, and examines how this...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  3. Arabic Rhetoric

    A Pragmatic Analysis

    By Hussein Abdul-Raof

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Arabic Rhetoric explores the history, disciplines, order and pragmatic functions of Arabic speech acts. It offers a new understanding of Arabic rhetoric and employs examples from modern standard Arabic as well as providing a glossary of over 448 rhetorical expressions listed in English with their...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  4. Arab Representations of the Occident

    East-West Encounters in Arabic Fiction

    By Rasheed El-Enany

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This is one of the first books in English to explore Arab responses to Western culture and values in modern Arab literature. Through in-depth research El-Enany examines the attitudes as expressed mainly through works of fiction written by Arab authors during the twentieth, and, to a lesser extent,...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  5. Al-Ghazali and the Qur'an

    One Book, Many Meanings

    By Martin Whittingham

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This book is the first of its kind to focus entirely on the Qur’anic interpretation of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), a towering figure of Sunni Islam. Martin Whittingham explores both al-Ghazali’s hermeneutical methods and his interpretations of particular Quranic texts, and covers al-Ghazali’s...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  6. Ibn ‘Arabî - Time and Cosmology

    By Mohamed Haj Yousef

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This book is the first comprehensive attempt to explain Ibn ‘Arabî’s distinctive view of time and its role in the process of creating the cosmos and its relation with the Creator. By comparing this original view with modern theories of physics and cosmology, Mohamed Haj Yousef constructs a new...

    Published February 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  7. God and Humans in Islamic Thought

    Abd al-Jabbar, Ibn Sina and Al-Ghazali

    By Maha Elkaisy-Friemuth

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Winner of The Iranian World Prize for the Book of the Year 2007 in the Philosophy and Mysticism category. This new and original text provides a timely re-examination of Islamic thought, presenting a stark contrast to the more usual conservative view. The explanation of the relationship between God...

    Published January 25th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily

    Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam

    By Alexander Metcalfe

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    The social and linguistic history of medieval Sicily is both intriguing and complex. Before the Muslim invasion of 827, the islanders spoke dialects of either Greek or Latin or both. On the arrival of the Normans around 1060 Arabic was the dominant language, but by 1250 Sicily was an almost...

    Published January 13th 2011 by Routledge

  9. The Formative Period of Twelver Shi'ism

    Hadith as Discourse Between Qum and Baghdad

    By Andrew J. Newman

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Shows how the frictions and disparities between the different pockets of believers scattered throughout the Eastern Islamic world in the late ninth and tenth centuries, the relations between each of these and the Abbasid political institution favoured the narration of different bodies of the Imams'...

    Published December 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  10. Qur'an Translation

    Discourse, Texture and Exegesis

    By Hussein Abdul-Raof

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    The Qur'an is read by millions of Muslims on a daily basis, yet there is no book available to the reader, Arab or non-Arab, which provides a linguistic and rhetorical insight into Qur'anic discourse. This book explains Qur'an translational problems and provides a thorough account of the unique...

    Published December 22nd 2010 by Routledge