The Islamic Scholarly Tradition

Studies in History, Law, and Thought in Honor of Professor Michael Allan Cook


The volume contains highly original articles on Islamic history, law, and thought, each either proposing new hypotheses or readjusting existing ones. The contributions range from studies in the formulation of the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar to notes on the "blood-money group" in Islamic law, and to transformations in Arabic logic in the post-Avicennan period. Prepared by former students of Michael A. Cook, to whom this volume is dedicated, these studies not only shed new light on the development of the Islamic scholarly tradition from various perspectives, but together they also represent the honoree's vast, profound, and continuing impact on the field.
This collection of highly empirical articles is intended for scholars and students specializing in various subfields within Islamic Studies.

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Asad Q. Ahmed, Ph.D., Princeton (2007), is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published on early Islamic social history and Islamic intellectual history, including the forthcoming The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Ḥijāz (P&G, University of Oxford, 2010) and The Deliverance: Logic (Oxford University Press, 2011). His awards include fellowships and grants from the National Humanities Center, the NEH, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Mellon Sawyer Seminars, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Behnam Sadeghi, Ph.D., Princeton (2006), is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of “The Chronology of the Qur’ān: A Stylometric Research Program,” Arabica; “The Traveling Tradition Test: A Method for Dating Muslim Traditions,” Der Islam, 85/1 (2010): 203-242; “The Codex of a Companion and the Qur’ān of the Prophet,” Arabica, 57/4-5 (2010); ““The Authenticity of Two 2nd/8th-Century Legal Texts: the Kitāb al-Āthār and al-Muwaṭṭa’ of Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī,” Islamic Law and Society, 17/3 (November 2010); and Women and Prayer in the Islamic Legal Tradition: The Logic of Law Making (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Michael Bonner, Ph.D., Princeton (1987), is Professor of Medieval Islamic History in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. His recent publications include Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practices (Princeton University Press, 2006), and Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts, co-edited with Amy Singer and Mine Ener (SUNY Press, 2003). He was Director of the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies in 1997-2000 and 2001-2003, and Acting Chair of the
Department of Near Eastern Studies in 2007-08.

Contributors include: Asad Q. Ahmed, Karen Bauer, Michael Bonner, Maribel Fierro, Najam Haider, Leor Halevi, Jane Hathaway, R. Stephen Humphreys, Nimrod Hurvitz, Nancy Khalek, Adam Sabra, Petra Sijpesteijn, Justin Stearns, Samer Traboulsi, Nurit Tsafrir
"... a beautiful collection of articles."
Anna Ayşe Akasoy in Ilahiyat Studies 3.2 (2012).

“Ce bel ensemble d’articles constitue non seulement undigne hommage à un grand chercheur mais aussi un témoignage de ce quepeut produire la relation de maître à élève, exemple précieux à une époque oùle marché de l’enseignement tend à se dématérialiser et à se dépersonnaliser.”
All those interested in Islamic history and historiography, Islamic law, Islamic thought, including philosophy, theology, and logic
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