Books and Written Culture of the Islamic World

Studies Presented to Claude Gilliot on the Occasion of his 75th Birthday


In celebration of the many contributions of Claude Gilliot to Islamic studies, an international group of twenty-one friends and colleagues join together to explore books and written culture in the Muslim world. Divided into three sections – authors, genres and traditions – the essays explore themes that have been of central interest and concern to Gilliot himself including the Qurʾān, tafsīr, ḥadīth, poetry, and mysticism. Gilliot’s detailed and extensive work on many authors and texts, literary genres, and specific case-studies on many Muslim traditions renders this volume an apt tribute to him as well as offering Islamic studies’ scholars valuable research insights on these subjects. The authors of these English, French and German essays are all renowned scholars from Europe and North America, each of whom have benefitted substantially from Gilliot’s work and collegiality.

With contributions by: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, Mehdi Azaiez, Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau, Abdallah Cheikh-Moussa, Jean-Louis Déclais, Denis Gril, Manfred Kropp, Pierre Larcher, Michael Lecker, Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Harald Motzki, Tilman Nagel, Angelika Neuwirth, Emilio Platti, Jan van Reeth, Andrew Rippin, Uri Rubin, Walid Saleh, Roberto Tottoli, Reinhard Weipert, Francesco Zappa

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Pages: i–xxiii
Andrew Rippin, FRSC, Ph.D. (1981) McGill, is Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, Canada, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. His works include The Qur’an and its interpretative tradition (2001), and Muslims, their religious beliefs and practices (4th ed., 2012).

Roberto Tottoli, Ph.D. (1996) Naples, is Professor of Islamic studies, Università di Napoli L’Orientale, Italy. His works include Biblical Prophets in the Qur’ān and Muslim Literature (2002) and Catalogue of the Islamic Manuscripts from the Kahle Collection in the University of Turin (2011).
“Attention-grabbing and compelling in its variety of the issues studied, undeniably provoking in its dealing of old issues from within a modern perspective, this is a book that helps improve our understanding of vital issues concerning not only the three major religions, but the process itself of cultural development and the impact and interaction books and written culture have been having over people.”
Stavros Nikolaidis, in: Journal of Oriental and African Studies 24 (2015) 491-494.

"... eine schöne Gabe für einen der wichtigsten Vertreter des Faches".
Rüdiger Lohlkerin, in Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, vol. 106/2016.

"... there are two reasons why this volume is significant. First, it is a celebration of a major 'islamologue' of our times and demonstrates the model of his work being articulated. Second, hidden away in this volume are some really interesting works that will be engaging for specialists who might not necessarily pick it up." - Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter, in: Al-Abhath 62-63 (2014-2015)

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Francesco Zappa: Professori emerito Claudio Gilliot Latina dedicatio
Roberto Tottoli, Andrew Rippin: Claude Gilliot, a biographical sketch


Emilio Platti: Criteria for authenticity of prophecy in ʿAbd al-Masīḥ al-Kindī’s Risāla
Michael Lecker: Muḥammad b. Isḥāq ṣāḥib al-maghāzī: was his grandfather Jewish?
Pierre Larcher: Les Maʿānī al-Qurʾān d’al-Farrāʾ ou la théologie tempérée par la philologie
Andrew Rippin: Al-Mubarrad (d. 285/898) and polysemy in the Qurʾān
Abdallah Cheikh-Moussa: Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī, l’arabe et le Bédouin
Walid Saleh: The Ḥāshiya of Ibn al-Munayyir (d. 683/1284) on al-Kashshāf of al-Zamakhsharī
Roberto Tottoli: New light on the translation of the Qur’ān of Ludovico Marracci from his manuscripts recently discovered at the Order of the Mother of God in Rome


Mehdi Azaiez: Le contre-discours coranique et la construction d’une figure de l’opposant
Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau: Présentation coranique des messages prophétiques anciens : l’attitude de kufr dénoncée
Angelika Neuwirth: Locating the Qurʾān in the epistemic space of Late Antiquity
Tilman Nagel: Wirkende Worte: Das Ḥadīth und die Metaphysik
Reinhart Weipert: Gedanken zur Charakteristik der arabischen gnomischen Poesie der frühen Abbasidenzeit
Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi: Ecrire le secret sans le révéler. Remarques sur le vocabulaire technique de la poésie mystique persane
Denis Gril: Ibn Abī l-Iṣbaʿ al-Miṣrī et son traité sur le début des sourates


Manfred Kropp: Lisān ʿarabiyy mubīn – “klares Arabisch”? oder: “offenbar Arabisch”, gar “geoffenbartes Arabisch”?
Uri Rubin: More light on Muḥammad’s pre-existence: Qurʾānic and post-qurʾānic perspectives
Jan van Reeth: La présentation du Prophète au Temple
Jane Dammen McAuliffe: Connecting Moses and Muḥammad
Jean-Louis Déclais: Moïse et le rocher de la querelle. De la Bible aux récits musulmans
Harald Motzki: Ibrāhīm, Umm Ismāʿīl and Ismāʿīl at Mecca: A Contribution to the Problem of dating Muslim Traditions

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