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.
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.
"...a must for the library of every Arabist and Islamologist." – S.D. Goitein, in:
"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