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Let Shepherding Endure
Let Shepherding Endure (August 2003)
Applied Anthropology and the Preservation of a Cultural Tradition in Israel and the Middle East
Gideon M. Kressel - Author

Addresses how shepherding communities in Israel and the Middle East might be preserved.

Examining the crucial problems confronting present-day livestock breeders, principally Bedouin and Jews in Israel, but also pastoral nomads in neighboring Middle Eastern countries, Let Shepherding Endure proposes new ways for these governments to enhance and sustain the long-term future development of shepherding communities...(Read More)
 
 
Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts
Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts (July 2003)
Michael Bonner - Editor
Mine Ener - Editor
Amy Singer - Editor

Addresses the ideals and institutions through which Middle Eastern societies have confronted poverty and the poor.

Offering insights and analysis in a field that has only recently come into existence, this book explores the ideals and institutions through which Middle Eastern societies—from the rise of Islam in the seventh century C.E. to the present day—have confronted poverty and the poor. By introducing n...(Read More)
 
 
Islam at the Crossroads
Islam at the Crossroads (April 2003)
On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' - Edited and with an introduction by

Sheds light on one of the most important religious thinkers in the modern Muslim world.

Distinguished scholars in Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Modern Turkish Studies examine the life and thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877–1960) using a variety of approaches—theological, philosophical, sociological, and historical—to shed new light on one of the most important thinkers and religious ...(Read More)
 
 
A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul
A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul (March 2003)
Fruit Vendors and Civil Servants in the Kasap Ilyas Mahalle
Cem Behar - Author

A detailed history of a small neighborhood community of Ottoman Istanbul.

Combining the vivid and colorful detail of a micro-history with a wider historical perspective, this groundbreaking study looks at the urban and social history of a small neighborhood community (a mahalle) of Ottoman Istanbul, the Kasap Iùlyas. Drawing on exceptionally rich historical documentation starting in the early sixteenth century, Ce...(Read More)
 
 
The Nature of the Early Ottoman State
The Nature of the Early Ottoman State (March 2003)
Heath W. Lowry - Author

A revisionist interpretation of the early origins of the Ottoman Empire.

Drawing on surviving documents from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, The Nature of the Early Ottoman State provides a revisionist approach to the study of the formative years of the Ottoman Empire. Challenging the predominant view that a desire to spread Islam accounted for Ottoman success during the fourteenth-century advance into ...(Read More)
 
 
Family History in the Middle East
Family History in the Middle East (February 2003)
Household, Property, and Gender
Beshara Doumani - Editor

Challenges conventional assumptions about the family and the modern Middle East.

Despite the constant refrain that family is the most important social institution in Middle Eastern societies, only recently has it become the focus for rethinking the modern history of the Middle East. This book introduces exciting new findings by historians, anthropologists, and historical demographers that challenge pervasive assumptions...(Read More)
 
 
Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies
Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies (December 2002)
Books on Israel, Volume VI
Laura Zittrain Eisenberg - Editor
Neil Caplan - Editor
Naomi B. Sokoloff - Editor
Mohammed Abu-Nimer - Editor

Introduces the cutting edge issues and current scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Israel Studies.
This sixth volume in the Books on Israel series is an interdisciplinary compilation that encompasses contributions from both the social sciences and the humanities, and reflects the exciting integration of approaches that are on the cutting edge of Israel Studies. The contributors go beyond the review of recent books on Isra...(Read More)
 
 
The Public Sphere in Muslim Societies
The Public Sphere in Muslim Societies (July 2002)
Miriam Hoexter - Editor
Shmuel N. Eisenstadt - Editor
Nehemia Levtzion - Editor

Multidisciplinary examination of the public sphere in “traditional” Muslim society.

Challenging conventional assumptions, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume argue that premodern Muslim societies had diverse and changing varieties of public spheres, constructed according to premises different from those of Western societies. The public sphere, conceptualized as a separate and autonomous sphere ...(Read More)
 
 
Body of Text
Body of Text (July 2002)
The Emergence of the Sunni Law of Ritual Purity
Marion Holmes Katz - Author

Reconstructs the formative debates concerning ritual purity in Islamic law and practice.

Ritual purity is one of the least understood aspects of Islamic law and practice, yet it enjoys a prominent place in traditional legal texts and permeates the daily life of ordinary believers. Body of Text examines the emergence and crystallization of the law of ritual purity, using early sources to reconstruct the formativ...(Read More)
 
 
Constructing Ottoman Beneficence
Constructing Ottoman Beneficence (May 2002)
An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem
Amy Singer - Author

Presents the political, social, and cultural context behind Ottoman charity.

Ottoman charitable endowments (waqf) constituted an enduring monument to imperial beneficence and were important instruments of policy. One type of endowment, the public soup kitchen (imaret) served travelers, scholars, pious mystics, and local indigents alike. Constructing Ottoman Beneficence examines the politi...(Read More)
 
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