Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts

Essays in Honor of Professor Patricia Crone


This volume brings together articles on various aspects of the intellectual and social
histories of Islamicate societies and of the traditions and contexts that contributed to their
formation and evolution. Written by leading scholars who span three generations and
who cover such diverse fields as Late Antique Studies, Islamic Studies, Classics, and Jewish
Studies, the volume is a testament to the breadth and to the sustained, deep impact of the
corpus of the honoree, Professor Patricia Crone.

Contributors are: David Abulafia, Asad Q. Ahmed, Karen Bauer, Michael Cooperson, Hannah Cotton, David M. Eisenberg, Khaled El-Rouayheb, Matthew S. Gordon, Gerald Hawting, Judith Herrin, Robert Hoyland, Bella Tendler Krieger, Margaret Larkin, Maria Mavroudi, Christopher Melchert, Pavel Pavlovitch, David Powers, Chase Robinson, Behnam Sadeghi, Adam Silverstein, Devin Stewart, Guy Stroumsa, D. G. Tor, Kevin van Bladel, David J. Wasserstein, Chris Wickam, Joseph Witztum, F. W. Zimmermann

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Behnam Sadeghi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, Stanford University.
Asad Q. Ahmed is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert Hoyland is Professor of the Late Antique and Early Islamic History of the Middle East at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University.
Adam Silverstein is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at Bar Ilan University.
"Das Buch kommt zur rechten Zeit, denn es setzt Zeichen für die Beschäftigung mit frühislamischer Geschichte, die während der vergangenen vier Jahrzehnte, während Patricia Crones akademischer Tätigkeit und maßgeblich von ihr mitgeprägt, einen Aufschwung erlebt hat, vielleicht durch sie ganz neu ins Leben gerufen ist, wie Chase Robinson in einem abschließenden Kapitel feststellt („Crone and the End of Orientalism“). So ist diese Festschrift, abgesehen vom Wert ihrer Beiträge für sich, ein würdiges Dokument für die Lebensleistung einer der ganz großen Vertreterinnen der Islamwissenschaft im 20. und frühen 21. Jahrhundert".
Lucian Reinfandt in Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, vol. 106/2016.

Table of Contents

Behnam Sadeghi, Asad Q. Ahmed, Robert Hoyland, Adam Silverstein

Variant Traditions, Relative Chronology and the Study of Intra-Quranic parallels
Joseph Witztum

The Earliest Attestation of the Dhimma of God and His Messenger and the Rediscovery of P. Nessana 77 (AH 60s/AD 680)
Robert Hoyland with Appendix by Hannah Cotton

Jewish Christianity and Islamic Origins
Guy Stroumsa

A Note on the Relationship Between Tafsīr and Documentary Evidence With Reference to Contracts of Marriage
Karen Bauer

Earnest Money’ and the Sources of Islamic Law
Gerald Hawting and David Eisenberg

A Bequest May Not Exceed One-Third’: An Isnād-cum-Matn Analysis – and Beyond
Pavel Pavlovich and David Powers

Basra and Kufa as the Earliest Centers of Islamic Legal Controversy
Christopher Melchert

God's Cleric: Al-Fuḍayl b. ʿIyāḍ and the Transition from Caliphal to Prophetic Sunna
Deborah Tor

Aḥmad ibn Ṭūlūn and the Politics of Deference
Matthew Gordon

Eighth-Century Indian Astronomy in the Two Cities of Peace
Kevin van Bladel

Greek Language and Education Under Early Islam
Maria Mavroudi

Kalām and the Greeks
Fritz Zimmermann

‘Arabs’ and ‘Iranians’: The Uses of Ethnicity in the Early Abbasid Period
Michael Cooperson

The Poetics of Cultural Identity: Al-Mutanabbī among the Būyids
Margaret Larkin

Must God Tell Us the Truth? A Problem in Ash‘arī Theology
Khaled El Rouayheb

Administrators’ Time: The Social Memory of the Early Medieval State, East and West
Chris Wickham

An Eleventh-Century Justification of the Authority of Twelver Shiite Jurists
Devin Stewart

A Family Story: Ambiguities of Jewish Identity in Medieval Islam
David Wasserstein

What happened in al-Andalus: Minorities in al-Andalus and in Christian Spain
David Abulafia

The Samaritan Version of the Esther Story
Adam Silverstein

New Evidence for the Survival of Sexually Libertine Rites among some Nuṣayrī-ʿAlawīs of the Nineteenth Century
Bella Tendler

Crone and the End of Orientalism
Chase Robinson

Patricia Crone – A Brief Memoir
Judith Herrin

Tabula Gratulatoria

All interested in the social and intellectual history of Islamic Civilization, broadly conceived.
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