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Arabic Morphology and Phonology

Based on the Marāḥ al-arwāḥ by Aḥmad b. ‘Aī b. Mas‘ūd


Joyce Åkesson

This volume presents a comprehensive study of Arabic morpho-phonology with its basics and intricacies, by making available a wide range of material from the 8th century A.D. until our days and exploring the main topics that arise.
It uses as its point of departure an unused source: the end of the 13th century Marāḥ al-arwāḥ by Aḥmad b. ‘alī Mas‘ūd, which is critically edited and provided with an introduction, an English translation and an extensive commentary. It offers an analysis of many grammatical theories, paradigms, qur'anical citations, verses of poetry, dialectal variants and Semitic words and concludes with various indices that make the enormous body of information easily accessible.

Islamic Mysticism

A Short History


Alexander Knysh

The book provides a general survey of the history of Islamic mysticism (Sufism) since its inception up to the modern time. It combines chronological and personality-based approaches to the subject with a thematic discussion of principal Sufi notions and institutions. Sufism is examined from a variety of different perspectives: as a vibrant social institution, a specific form of artistic expression (mainly poetic), an ascetic and contemplative practice, and a distinctive intellectual tradition that derived its vitality from a dialogue with other strands of Islamic thought. The book emphasizes the wide variety of Sufism's interactions with the society and its institutions from an ascetic withdrawal from the world to an active involvement in its affairs by individual Sufi masters and organizations.

Islamic Mysticism by Knysh is a comprehensive survey of the interesting and fascinating world of Islamic Mysticism.

Concordance et indices de la Tradition Musulmane (8 vols)

Al-Mu‘djam al-mufahras li-alfāẓ al- ḥadīth al-nabawī

Wensinck and Mensing

This paperback edition of Wensinck's Concordance et Indices de la Tradition Musulmane serves a double purpose, one of a practical, the other of a more ideal nature. When the seventh and final volume of the Concordance was published in 1969 (followed in 1988 by the eighth volume which contains the Indices), both muslims and islamologists agreed that here was the completion of an enterprise of the highest importance. More than forty years of international academic team-work had resulted in a key to that highly diverse and far from homogeneous corpus that constitutes the canonic and most authoritative texts of Islamic Tradition, itself a major source for Islamic theology and law, and besides that, a goldmine of information on the history of ideas in the formative period of Islam.
Under the guidance of Wensinck and his successors many thousands of pages of sometimes poorly accessible works were indexed and an enormous amount of catchwords were recorded together with their context. With the combined efforts of editors, authors, sponsors, typographers and the publisher an extraordinary book was produced, in which three generations of scholars were involved.
This work has proven to be extremely useful for all those who professionally or confessionally are concerned with the Tradition literature of Islam. Much of the recent ḥadīṯ studies could not have been accomplished if no such work as the Concordance had existed. Wensinck's Concordance will continue to play its role as an essential research tool for quite a time.
The paperback edition is more modest in size but otherwise it is a complete and unabridged reprint of the first edition.

Iranian Studies

Volume 2 History of Persian Literature from the Beginning of the Islamic Period to the Present Day.


Edited by Morrison

General Linguistics and the Teaching of Dead Hamito-Semitic Languages

Proceedings of the Symposium Held in Groningen, 7th-8th November 1975, on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Semitic Studies and Near Eastern Archaeology of the State University at Groningen


Edited by J.H. Hospers