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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 57 results in Culture and Civilization in the Middle East
  1. 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 21st 2011 by Routledge

  2. 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 21st 2011 by Routledge

  3. 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 24th 2011 by Routledge

  4. 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 12th 2011 by Routledge

  5. 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 21st 2010 by Routledge

  6. 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 21st 2010 by Routledge

  7. The Epistemology of Ibn Khaldun

    By Zaid Ahmad

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This is an analytical examination of Ibn Khaldun's epistemology, centred on Chapter Six of the Muqaddima. In this chapter, entitled The Book of Knowledge (Kitab al'Ilm), Ibn Khaldun sketched his general ideas about knowledge and science and its relationship with human social organisation and the...

    Published November 28th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Arabic Literature

    An Overview

    By Pierre Cachia

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, Arabic Literature - An Overview gives a rounded and balanced view of Arab literary creativity. 'High' literature is examined alongside popular folk literature, and the classical and modern periods, usually treated separately, are presented together....

    Published November 28th 2010 by Routledge

  9. The Philosophical Poetics of Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes

    The Aristotelian Reception

    By Salim Kemal

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This book examines the studies of Aristotle's Poetics and its related texts in which three Medieval philosophers - Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes - proposed a conception of poetic validity (beauty), and a just relation between subjects in a community (goodness). The work considers the relation of...

    Published November 28th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Space and Muslim Urban Life

    At the Limits of the Labyrinth of Fez

    By Simon O'Meara

    Series: Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

    This book develops academic understanding of Muslim urban space by pursuing the structural logic of the premodern Arab-Muslim city, or medina. With particular reference to The Book of Walls, an historical discourse of Islamic law whose primary subject is the wall, the book determines the meaning of...

    Published May 31st 2010 by Routledge