The topic of this collection of articles is the increasingly transnational nature of Islam in Europe as well as the mechanisms by which the transnationalism is activated, especially the media. The papers integrate specific case studies with more general and thematic considerations, including the impact of the continuing migration processes and the adaptation of networks and intellectual and religious links by the 'European' generations of Muslims. This involves both the preservation and mobilisation of family and ethnic networks as well as the establishment of new personal and intellectual ('imagined') networks of shared interest which cross over the lines of the traditional or break out of them. These studies also show how European Muslims are increasingly locating themselves within global Islam.
Since the discovery of the worlds third largest oil reserves within its borders, Kuwait has achieved international political prominence far exceeding its physical size. The country had already played a role in history before, however. Local sources take that history back to the beginning of the nineteenth century.
The present book takes the history of Kuwait still further back using European sources. It includes analyses and comparisons of indications on maps from the sixteenth century onwards and of references to the Kuwait area in documents produced by officials of the Dutch East India Company-the principal Western political and economic power in the Gulf during most of early modern times-, in British documents and in early travel accounts.
The book is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the political position of Kuwait in history vis-à-vis its neighbours, especially the Ottoman authorities in Basra.
Description de l’Afrique et de l’Espagne offers a partial edition of the Arabic descriptive geography by
Abu ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad al-Idrīsī (d. c. 560 AH/1165 CE) entitled
Kitāb Nuzhat al-mushtāq fī’ khtirāq al-āfāq. The author lived at the court of the Norman King Roger II in Sicily where he composed this work for him. Little is known about al-Idrīsī’s life, except that he had travelled extensively and had acquired first-hand information about the areas he described in the Nuzhat, which is also known as
the Book of Roger.
Originally published by Brill in 1866, this edition of the Arabic text concerning Africa and the Iberian Peninsula by
R. Dozy and
M.J. de Goeje was based on the Paris and Oxford manuscripts. It includes a translation into French, with notes, a glossary (Arabic-French), and Index.
1. Abu Ishāk al-Fārisī al- Istakhrī. Viae regnorum descriptio ditionis moslemicae; 2. Ibn ḥauḳal. Opus geographicum; 3. al-Moqaddasi. Descriptio imperii moslemici; 4. Indices, glossarium et addenda et emendanda ad part I-III; 5. Ibn al-Fakīh al-Hamadhānī. Compendium libri Kitāb al-Boldān; 6. Ibn Khordādhbeh. Kitāb al-Masālik wa 'l-Mamālik (Liber viarum et regnorum); 7. Ibn Rosteh. Kitāb al-A‘lāk an-Nafīsa VII. —
al-Jakūbi. Kitāb al-Boldān; 8. al-Masūdī Kitāb at-Tanbīh wa 'l-Ischrāf.