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Debating Islam in the Jewish State
Debating Islam in the Jewish State (August 2001)
The Development of Policy Toward Islamic Institutions in Israel
Alisa Rubin Peled - Author

Covers Israel's policy toward Islamic institutions within its borders, 1948-2000.

Using declassified documents from Israeli archives, Alisa Rubin Peled explores the development, implementation, and reform of the state's Islamic policy from 1948 to 2000. She addresses how Muslim communal institutions developed and whether Israel formulated a distinct "Islamic policy" toward shari'a courts, waqf (charitable endowments), holy place...(Read More)
 
 
The Rhetoric of Sobriety
The Rhetoric of Sobriety (August 2001)
Wine in Early Islam
Kathryn M. Kueny - Author

Explains the prohibition of alcohol in Islam using a wide range of materials from the early Islamic period.

Why does Islam condemn wine and other alcoholic beverages? The complexity behind this simple question is examined in The Rhetoric of Sobriety. Drawing on an array of revelatory, legal, historical, and exegetical materials (both Sunni and Shi'ite) from the early Islamic period, and contrasting them wi...(Read More)
 
 
The Wisdom of the Mystic East
The Wisdom of the Mystic East (August 2001)
Suhrawardi and Platonic Orientalism
John Walbridge - Author

An expert on the thought of medieval Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi argues that philosophers have romanticized this work as a revival of “oriental” wisdom.

Twelfth-century Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi attempted to revive Platonism in an era of Avicennan Aristotelianism. Modern scholars have portrayed Suhrawardi as wishing to revive an “oriental” wisdom and associate him with ancient Persia. In th...(Read More)
 
 
The Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel, 1948-2000
The Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel, 1948-2000 (May 2001)
A Political Study
As'ad Ghanem - Author

CHOICE 2001 Outstanding Academic Book
Examines the difficulties of Palestinian-Arab political life in Israel.

As'ad Ghanem provides a comprehensive description of the political development of the Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel and also discusses their social, cultural, and economic experiences. Covering two main aspects of politics--the different manifestations of politics and the dilemmas created by these politics--he ...(Read More)
 
 
White Banners
White Banners (March 2001)
Contention in 'Abbasid Syria, 750-880
Paul M. Cobb - Author

Examines the fall of the Syrian Umayyad caliphate and the rise of the 'Abbasid state, predominantly from the view of the local inhabitants of medieval Syria.

Using Arabic, non-Arabic and newly available local Syrian sources, this richly detailed study examines the central events of medieval Islamic history: the fall of the Syrian Umayyad caliphate and the rise of the 'Abbasid state. As the 'Abbasids for...(Read More)
 
 
Islamic Legends Concerning Alexander the Great
Islamic Legends Concerning Alexander the Great (January 2001)
Taken from Two Medieval Arabic Manuscripts in Madrid
Z. David Zuwiyya - Editor, translator and introduction by

English translation and introductory study of a previously unedited Hispano-Arabic legend of Alexander the Great.

Islamic Legends Concerning Alexander the Great is a critical edition with English translation and introductory study of Qiṣṣat Dhulqarnayn, a previously unedited Hispano-Arabic legend of Alexander the Great found in two manuscripts in Madrid. While the wo...(Read More)
 
 
Shi'ite Heritage
Shi'ite Heritage (January 2001)
Essays on Classical and Modern Traditions
L. Clarke - Editor/translator

Explores Western and Muslim scholarship on multiple aspects of the Twelver Shi’ite tradition.

Shi’ite Heritage brings together Western and Muslim scholarship on multiple aspects of the Twelver Shi’ite tradition, including history, authority, jurisprudence, ritual, and interactions with the Sunnite majority. Nearly half of the two dozen essays included have been translated from Arabic or ...(Read More)
 
 
Merchants, Mamluks, and Murder
Merchants, Mamluks, and Murder (December 2000)
The Political Economy of Trade in Eighteenth-Century Basra
Thabit A. J. Abdullah - Author

A historiography of Ottoman Basra, a trade center in the eighteenth century.

Using the case of the murder of a Jewish merchant in 1791 as the backdrop to this study of Ottoman Basra's long-distance trade in the eighteenth century, Thabit A. J. Abdullah takes a novel comparative approach to Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean historiography. He examines three broad interrelated issues, all of which have a direct bearing on t...(Read More)
 
 
The Breaking of a Thousand Swords
The Breaking of a Thousand Swords (December 2000)
A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra (A.H. 200-275/815-889 C.E.)
Matthew S. Gordon - Author

A portrait of the Samarran Turk community while in the employ of the 'Abbasid caliphate during the ninth century.

The Breaking of a Thousand Swords provides a portrait of the Samarran Turks as members of a community with a specific and complex history in the early medieval Islamic world. It considers: the encounter of the Turks as rough, non-Muslim outsiders, with the sedentary, urbane world of Baghdad; the closel...(Read More)
 
 
The Experimental Arabic Novel
The Experimental Arabic Novel (November 2000)
Postcolonial Literary Modernism in the Levant
Stefan G. Meyer - Author

Traces the development of the modern Arabic novel from the 1960s to the present.

The Experimental Arabic Novel places the modern and contemporary Arabic novel in the context of the modernist-postmodern culture debate in the West. Tracing the development of experimentalism in the modern Arabic novel from the 1960s to the present, Meyer argues that it is possible to speak of distinct literary modernisms that have ea...(Read More)
 
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