Collected Studies in Three Volumes brings together a number of her published, unpublished, and revised writings on Near Eastern and Islamic history, arranged around three distinct but interconnected themes. Volume 2,
The Iranian Reception of Islam: The Non-Traditionalist Strands, examines the reception of pre-Islamic legacies in Islam, above all that of the Iranians. Volume 1,
The Qurʾānic Pagans and Related Matters, pursues the reconstruction of the religious environment in which Islam arose and develops an intertextual approach to studying the Qurʾānic religious milieu. Volume 3,
Islam, the Ancient Near East and Varieties of Godlessness, places the rise of Islam in the context of the ancient Near East and investigates sceptical and subversive ideas in the Islamic world.
Patricia Crone (1945-2015), Ph.D. (1974), School of Oriental and African Studies, was Professor Emerita at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Her numerous publications include
Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam (1987);
Pre-Industrial Societies (1989);
Medieval Islamic Political Thought (2004); and
The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran (2012).
Hanna Siurua (BA, School of Oriental and African Studies; MA, University of Sussex) is a professional editor based in Chicago. She specialises in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and has edited numerous books and articles in these as well as other fields.
Table of contents
1. Kavād’s heresy and Mazdak’s revolt
2. Zoroastrian communism
5. Abū Tammām on the Mubayyiḍa
6. The Muqannaʿ narrative in the Tārīkhnāma: Part I, Introduction, edition and translation
7. The Muqannaʿ narrative in the Tārīkhnāma: Part II, Commentary and analysis
8. Al-Jāḥiẓ on aṣḥāb al-jahālāt and the Jahmiyya
9. Buddhism as ancient Iranian paganism
10. A new text on Ismailism at the Samanid court
11. What was al-Fārābī’s ‘imamic’ constitution?
12. Al-Fārābī’s imperfect constitutions
13. Pre-existence in Iran: Zoroastrians, ex-Christian Muʿtazilites, and Jews on the human acquisition of bodies
List of Patricia Crone’s publications
Index to volume 2
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