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The Origins and Diversity of Axial Age Civilizations
The Origins and Diversity of Axial Age Civilizations (October 1986)
Shmuel N. Eisenstadt - Editor

This book presents a new and original analysis of the great ancient civilizations, focusing on the breakthroughs and their institutionalization in Greece, Israel, China, and India. The conditions under which these civilizations developed are systematically explored. For comparative purposes, the civilization of Assyria, where such a breakthrough did not take place is analyzed.

Attention is given to the transformation of modes of thought and...(Read More)
 
 
Egypt
Egypt (September 1986)
The Stalled Society
Hamied Ansari - Author

This book presents new and original insights into the political, social, and economic development of today's Egypt. The case study of Kamshish, a small village in the heart of the Delta, sheds light on the recent social history of Egypt and the evolving relations between Egyptian rulers and people. Highlighted is the "Kamshish Affair," during which the village appeared to be at the threshold of a socialist revolution destined to engulf the whole c...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 35
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 35 (October 1985)
The Crisis of the 'Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphates of al-Musta'in and al-Mu'tazz A.D. 862-869/A.H. 248-255
George Saliba - Translator


The period covered in this volume is one of the most tumultuous periods of Islamic history. In it, al-Tabari details with great success the intricate events that shaped real political power in Samarra and Baghdad during the middle of the ninth century, laying bare the dynamics through which the army generals--who were mainly of Central Asian Turkish extraction--consolidated their grip on the caliphate. The political maneuvering th...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 38
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 38 (October 1985)
The Return of the Caliphate to Baghdad: The Caliphates of al-Mu'tadid, al-Muktafi and al-Muqtadir A.D. 892-915/A.H. 279-302
Franz Rosenthal - Translator

The concluding pages of al-Tabari's History cover the caliphates of al-Mu'tadid and al-Muktafi and the beginning of the reign of al-Muqtadir--altogether a period of 23 turbulent years in world history. Although al-Tabari has woven skillful narratives and quoted important documents verbatim, much of the information consists of brief notes jotted down by an observant and well-placed contemporary who witnessed the events as they occurred. The re...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 27
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 27 (October 1985)
The 'Abbasid Revolution A.D. 743-750/A.H. 126-132
John Alden Williams - Translator

By 735 an Arab empire stretched from Arles and Avignon in southern France to the Indus River and Central Asia, and a vital young civilization fostered by a new world religion was taking root. Yet the Muslim conquerors were divided by tribal quarrels, tensions among new converts, and religious revolts. In 745 a vigorous new successor to the Prophet took control in Damascus and began to restore the waning power of the Umayyad dynasty. Marwan II's atte...(Read More)
 
 
Islam in Iran
Islam in Iran (September 1985)
I. P. Petrushevsky - Author
Hubert Evans - Translator

A scholarly and authoritative history of the emergence and growth of Islam in Iran during the early and later medieval periods. This book, by I.P. Petrushevsky, the foremost Soviet Iranologist, was originally published in Russia in 1966.

After discussing the Arabian environment in which the faith of Islam arose, and the character--legal, social and doctrinal--of the new message, the author moves on to trace the peculiarly Irani...(Read More)
 
 
Property, Social Structure, and Law in the Modern Middle East
Property, Social Structure, and Law in the Modern Middle East (September 1985)
Ann E. Mayer - Editor

For too long the study of law and society in the modern Middle East has been left to specialists in narrow subcategories of law or the social sciences. Property, Social Structure, and Law in the Modern Middle East lays the groundwork for a new field of scholarship in which analysis of the social dimensions of law and the legal dimensions of social structure are integrated. It offers the stimulus of a variety of new models of scholarship by a ...(Read More)
 
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