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The Hajj Today
The Hajj Today (June 1979)
A Survey of the Contemporary Pilgrimage to Makkah
David E. Long - Author

The Qu'ran admonishes Muslims that "the pilgrimage to the temple is an obligation due to God from those who are able to journey there." Today over one and a half million pilgrims annually fulfill this Fifth Pillar of Islam, the Hajj. Saudi Arabia conquered the Hijaz in part to protect Hajjis from abuses in the management of the Hajj. How does that country now administer the religious event that brings so many people, often poor and illiterate, in...(Read More)
The Precious Pearl
The Precious Pearl (June 1979)
'Abd al-Rahman al-Jami - Author
Nicholas Heer - Translator

In this book al-Jami examines questions that Islamic theologians, philosophers, and Sufis had long debated. On each question al-Jami first presents the views of the philosphers and theologians. He then presents the Sufi view as a clearly superior position, either because it reconciles the opposing views of the theologians and philosophers, or because it avoids problems that their doctrines entail.

Nur al-Din al-Rahn al-Jami was born in...(Read More)
From Saladin to the Mongols
From Saladin to the Mongols (June 1977)
The Ayyubids of Damascus, 1193-1260
R. Stephen Humphreys - Author

Upon the death of Saladin in 1193, his vast empire, stretching from the Yemen to the upper reaches of the Tigris, fell into the hands of his Ayyubid kinsmen. These latter parceled his domains into a number of autonomous principalities, though some common identity was maintained by linking these petty states into a loose confederation, in which each local prince owed allegiance to the senior member of the Ayyubid house. Such an arrangement was, of ...(Read More)
Ghazali's Theory of Virtue
Ghazali's Theory of Virtue (June 1975)
Mohammed A. Sherif - Author

A study of Ghazali’s ethical thought as shown in his extensive treatment of the virtues and their relation to the ends of life and to each other.
Islamic Historiography
Islamic Historiography (June 1975)
The Histories of Mas'udi
Tarif Khalidi - Author

The importance of Muslim historical writing in the medieval period and the fact that few detailed studies exist, make Professor Khalidi’s book of special importance both to Arabists and to medievalists. It may be read both as a source for Muslim and non-Muslim history and for the light it sheds on Arabic/Islamic civilization in its prime.
Al-Kindi's Metaphysics
Al-Kindi's Metaphysics (June 1974)
A Translation of Ya'qub ibn Ishaq al-kindi's Treatise "On First Philosophy"
Alfred L. Ivry - Intro and commentary

A translation and commentary on al-Kindi's “On First Philosophy,” a seminal work of early Islamic thought.

Al-Kindi emerges as a philosopher who attempted to present, interpret, and supplement past philosophies as parts of an essentially unified tradition that would make for a viable philosophy in Islamic society. He assumes a place at or near the beginning of a philosophical current—based on tra...(Read More)
Essays on Islamic Philosophy
Essays on Islamic Philosophy (June 1974)
G. Hourani - Author

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