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Whether one feels comfortable or happy being in a place is affected by many things: the ability to make a living, how one gets along with kin, the colour of one's skin, the sensual experience of the place, even the sun. A_ place, experienced as a totality, determines one's well being in numerous ways

In: Hadhrami Traders, Scholars and Statesmen in the Indian Ocean, 1750s-1960s

traditional Jewish education in Bible and Talmud, the Arabic education of an adib or e failasuf. The polymath soon became an honoured figure in Andalusi Jewry. Hasday's Jewish circle joined the larger society by living as Arabicised a life as possible, within the limits imposed on the one hand by Islamic

In: The Legacy of Muslim Spain

the spread of "Westitis," he is equally critical of Western scholars, sarcasti­ cally referred to as "our gentlemen Orientalists," who helped to pave the way for the cultural subjugation of the East. Like Said, Al-e Ahmad sees Orientalism as a politically motivated phenomenon. He, too, questions its

In: Oriental Responses to the West

, however, it is a religio-political performance that mocks the Sunni enemies of the Shiite faith. Ruhow;i is a satirical improvised play in comic form. Very similar to Commedia del/'Arte, it ridicules the stock characters in Persian life and Islamic sanctimoniousness. 6 Alexander Chodzko wrote in the

In: Der Islam im Spiegel zeitgenössischer Literatur der islamischen Welt

harnesses the anecdotal in al- Awzāʿī’s life to think and raise questions about a community living on the maritime frontier of the early Islamic empire. 1 Before Beirut: al- Awzāʿī’s Rise to Prominence Al-Awzāʿī was born in the last decades of the first Muslim century. As expected

In: Creating an Islamic City

blessing or mediation achieved through their ziyaras, the living primarily receive benefits in two ways. First, by simply visiting the dead all the problems of this life are put into their proper transi- tory context; second, as a pious work, the ziyara increases the reward of the living in the hereafter

In: In the Vicinity of the Righteous

evidence also is not unfavorable. The general setting of many stories is such that not even the most 'depraved' mind of a political propagandist in •Abbasid Baghdad could have dreamed up such 'horrors' as presented by the life of Medinese society depicted in the Ash <ab story, if there had been no

In: Humor in Early Islam

amount of maintenance to her until her death. 81 A woman's almost automatic renunciation of her succession rights in return for assurance of protection by her kin, including maintenance for life, implements in effect, though not institutionally, the principle of maintenance out of the estate. This

In: Marriage, Divorce and Succession in the Druze Family

life and accom- plishments of Sidf 'Uqba, including a careful compilation of all hadith related on his authority. Why was it important to Ibn Abr Hajala to bury his son near the tomb of the Prophet's companion, and what prompted him to write his book? This study is, in large part, an attempt to answer

In: In the Vicinity of the Righteous

them as the beloved and good moves its pursuer. Sijistani regarded a body's principle of motion, or nature, as an in­ herent motivating power-a view that accords with certain formulations of Alexander of Aphrodisias (and perhaps John Philoponus) but conflicts with Aristotelian doctrine, for

In: Philosophy in the renaissance of Islam