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Edited by Hallaq and Little

This tribute to Charles J. Adams from colleagues and students includes essays on numerous aspects of Islamic civilization, beginning with early Islam down to the modern period. The Qur'ān receives the attention of five authors: Andrew Rippin focuses on references to the pre-Islamic Hanīfs, while Issa Boullata traces poetic citation in Qur'ānic exegesis. Sulami's commentary is discussed by Gerhard Böwering, and Hallaq draws attention to the unique place the Qur'ān occupied in Shātibī's legal theory. Finally, W.C. Smith looks at the Qur'ān from a comparativist perspective.
Ulrich Haarmann and Donald P. Little deal, respectively, with the attitudes of medieval Egyptians towards the Pyramids, and the nature of Sūfī institutions under the Mamluks. Mehdi Mohaghegh, Hasan Murad and Paul Walker treat philosophical and theological issues, while Eric Ormsby analyzes the structure of experience in Ghazali.
Sajida Alvi explores the religious writings of the eighteenth-century Indian scholar Panīpatī, and Üner Turgay examines Circassian immigration to the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. Orthodoxy and aberrancy in the Ithna 'Asharī tradition is the subject of Savory's article, and the notion of literature in Arab and Islamic culture is treated by Wickens. Finally, Bernard Weiss compares Islamic and Western conceptions of law.

Les Ottomans et la mort

Permanences et mutations


Edited by Gilles Veinstein

In keeping with the historical trend, well developed for Western civilisation, of research into attitudes to Death, but it is concerned with the far less studied East, specifically the Turkish world and its attitude to Death. Bringing together a team of specialists belonging to diverse disciplines (ethnology, history, philology, political studies), this study approaches its subject from various angles; although the Ottoman period is central to the study, a lengthy period is touched on, from the ancient Turks of Inner Asia to the present situation in Central Asia and Turkey.
This intriguing work looks into the pre-Islamic Turkic traditions, the role of Islam, and other historical factors involved in the development of Ottoman funeral practices and attitudes to Death, which the present-day Turks have nolens volens inherited.

Hadji Bektach: un mythe et ses avatars

Genèse et évolution du soufisme populaire en Turquie


Irene Mélikoff

This volume deals with the history of popular religion in Turkey from its origins in the 13th century; the formation of the heterodoxies known as Bektashism and Alevism which are characterised by their syncretism and their religious tolerance; and the bipartition of these currents, both of which refer to the popular saint Hadji Bektash. This fascinating book analyses their beliefs and practices, offers a summary of their rich literature, and treats of the present evolution of these currents, their further prospects, and their anthropocentric, inter-denominational and ecumenical character.



This laudable work offers a study, translation and partial edition of one of the most important early Mamluk sources and its author. In addition to the work's contribution to Mamluk history, it also makes a significant contribution towards the ultimate goal of having the key texts of early Mamluk historiography accessible to scholars.
In this first volume the life and work of al-Yūnīnī (d. 1326), the textual history of his Chronicle, its historiographic significance and textual filiation with other independent sources are presented and discussed.

Society and Culture in the Early Modern Middle East

Studies on Iran in the Safavid Period



The volume comprises a collection of 20 of the 43 papers presented at the Third International Round Table on Safavid Persia, held at the University of Edinburgh in August, 1998 and edited by the Round Table's organiser. The Third Round Table, the largest of the series to date, continued the emphasis of its predecessors on understanding and appreciating the legacy of the Safavid period by means of exchanges between both established and 'newer' scholars drawn from a variety of fields to facilitate an exchange of ideas, information, and methodologies across a broad range of academic disciplines between scholars from diverse disciplines and research backgrounds with a common interest in the history and culture of this period of Iran's history.

The Last Pagans of Iraq

Ibn Waḥshiyya and his Nabatean Agriculture


Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila

This is the first analysis in any language of the religious, philosophical and folkloristic content of Ibn Waḥshiyya's (d. 931) Nabatean Agriculture.
This enigmatic book, said to have been translated by Ibn Waḥshiyya from Syriac into Arabic, contains much material on Late Antique Paganism in Iraq and semi-learned reception of Greek philosophical thought.
The first part of the present book studies the question of authenticity, authorship and context of the Nabatean Agriculture, dated by the author to around 600 AD. The second part consists of 61 translated and annotated excerpts of the Nabatean Agriculture, until now available only in the Arabic original, as well as introductions to the world view of the text.

Salonique, 1830-1912

Une ville ottomane à l'âge des Réformes


Mérope Anastassiadou

Nineteenth-century Thessaloniki is one of the showpieces of Ottoman modernity. Based on local archives, this timely book studies the factors of change and dwells both on spatial aspects and socio-economic evolution.
The work deals with city government, demographic growth, and the development of new means of communication. It also examines the artisans of change: dignitaries, philanthropic organisations, social clubs, etc. Part of the volume is devoted to the day-to-day lives of anonymous citizens.
The author has adopted a comparative method juxtaposing the face the city presented in the 1830s with that of 1900. The use of Ottoman sources allows her to paint a new and nuanced picture of urban transformation in the port cities of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Barbary Corsairs

The End of a Legend 1800-1820


Daniel Panzac

From 1516 to 1830, the Barbary corsairs dominated the Ottoman provinces of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. The years between 1800-1820 were crucial. Until 1805, a spectacular revival of privateering allows the author to present the men, the practices and the results gained by the privateers. From 1805 to 1814, the Maghrib states gave up a great part of privateering on behalf of transportation and seaborne trade, taking advantage of their neutrality during the Napoleonic wars. The peace in 1814 and the internal weaknesses of the regencies carried away this original attempt. After Lord Exmouth's expedition in 1816, for the first time since three centuries, the Maghrib is prohibited from any seaborne activities and under the mercy of Europe.

The Sultan of Vezirs

The Life and Times of the Ottoman Grand Vezir Mahmud Pasha Angeloviů (1453-1474)


Theoharis Stavrides

Mahmud Pasha Angelovic served as Grand Vezir under Sultan Mehmed II, in the years following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, which were marked by an extensive imperial project, transforming the Ottoman principality into an empire.
This book attempts to piece together the available evidence on Mahmud Pasha's Byzantine descent and family network, as well as his multi-faceted contribution to the founding of the new empire, through military leadership, diplomatic practices and architectural and literary patronage, considering also his execution and the creation of a posthumous legend presenting him as a martyr.
Using Ottoman, Greek and Western sources, as well as archival material, this study focuses on the period of transition from Byzantine to Ottoman Empire and would be of interest to historians and other specialists studying that period.

A Comparative Evolution of Business Partnerships

The Islamic World and Europe, with Specific Reference to the Ottoman Archives


Murat Çizakça

This monograph deals with the entrepreneurs, the partnerships they formed and how these partnerships evolved through a time span of about fourteen centuries, that is, from the birth of Islam to the present. The first part of the book examines the evolution of medieval partnership forms in Europe and finally in the United States, while in the second part the much less known Islamic evolution is studied. The study of the Islamic evolution is based on extensive original research conducted in the Ottoman archives.
Comparative economic and business historians of these two great civilizations will find this book highly important, while modern Islamic bankers and economists interested in the actual functioning of an Islamic economy will find this volume indispensable reading, for here they have a unique chance to observe an Islamic economy and business operating within an historical framework.