The Spiritual Background of Early Islam

Studies in Ancient Arab Concepts

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In a series of essays devoted to key terms and ideas in Islam, Bravmann argues on the basis of pre-Islamic and early Islamic texts for an Arabian background to the rise of the religion. In pursuing a through philological examination of the evidence, Bravmann finds core values and ideas of Islam deeply embedded in ancient Arab linguistic
expression. His work continues to provide a critical element in the debates about the
emergence of Islam and cannot be ignored by anyone trying to assess the complex
historiographical problems that surround the issue.
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Biographical Note

M. M. Bravmann (1909-77) worked at the Columbia University Library and taught at Dropsie College, New York University and Columbia University. A prolific Semitic philologist Bravmann has been called the last in a scholarly line through Delitzsch, Nöldeke, Barth and Brockelmann.

Review Quotes

"...a must for the library of every Arabist and Islamologist." – S.D. Goitein, in: JAOS, 1974
"This work is to be most thoroughly recommended." – W. Montgomery Watt, in: Bull. of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 1973
"...un riche champ d'investigations à la sociologie religieuse." – Jean-Pierre Charnay, in: Archives de Sociologie des Religions
"...l'érudition philologique redoutable de M.M. Bravmann." – O. Carré, in: Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques, 1976
"Bravmann's careful philological studies provide helpful data..." – A.T. Welch, in: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 1978

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