This volume brings together studies that explore the richness of the Arabic literary tradition and of Islamic intellectual life, from the beginnings of Islam to the present. The contributors cover an unusually wide range of subjects, including such topics as guile in the Quran, marriage in Islamic law, early esoterica, commentaries on al-Ḥarīrī’s
Maqamāt, Hellenistic philosophy in Arabic, medieval music and song, scurrilous poetry, Arabic rhetoric, cursing, the modern social and legal history of the Middle East, al-Kharrat’s modernist project, and contemporary Islamic thought and responses to it.
The volume’s range reflects the enormous breadth of Everett Rowson’s scholarship and his impact over a lifetime of publishing, editing, teaching, and mentoring in the many fields that constitute the Arabic humanities and Islamic thought.
Contributors: Ali Humayun Akhtar, Thomas Bauer, Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt, Kevin van Bladel, Marilyn Booth, Michael Cooperson, Kenneth M. Cuno, Geert Jan van Gelder, Hala Halim, Lara Harb, David Hollenberg, Matthew L. Keegan, David Larsen, Joseph E. Lowry, Zainab Mahmood, Jon McGinnis, Jeannie Miller, John Nawas, Bilal Orfali, Alex Popovkin, Dwight F. Reynolds, Susan A. Spectorsky, Tara Stephan, Adam Talib, Sarra Tlili, Shawkat M. Toorawa, James Toth, Mark S. Wagner.
Joseph E. Lowry, (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1999) teaches Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and is an editor of the
Library of Arabic Literature.
Shawkat M. Toorawa, (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1998), teaches Arabic language and literature at Yale University and is an editor of the
Library of Arabic Literature.
"Enthralling and titillating, this is an impressive compilation of papers written in honor of Everett K. Rowson, covering a suprisingly vast number o fields, in perception heretic, challenging, and informative, positively adding to the extant literature." - Stavros Nikolaidis, in:
Journal of Oriental and African Studies 27 (2018)
List of Contributors
Publications of Everett K. Rowson
From Breath to Soul: The Quranic Word Rūḥ and its (Mis)interpretations
The Wiles of Women, The Guile of Men: Re-reading Kayd in Sūrat Yūsuf
Some Ḥanbalī Views on Secret Marriage
Susan A. Spectorsky
Anta anā wa-anā minka (“You are me, and I am from you”): A Quasi-Nuṣayrī Fragment on the Intellect in the Early Ismāʿīlī Treatise Kitāb Taʾwīl ḥurūf al-muʿjam
The Crucified Speaks: ʿAlī ibn al-Jahm on his Day-Long Exposure at Nishapur
Man Is Not the Only Speaking Animal: Thresholds and Idiom in al-Jāḥiẓ
Beyond the Known Limits: Ibn Dāwūd al-Iṣfahānī’s Chapter on “Intermedial” Poetry
Foul Whisperings: Madness and Poetry in Arabic Literary History
Geert Jan van Gelder
Music for the Body, Music for the Soul
Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt
Zoroaster’s Many Languages
Kevin van Bladel
Song and Punishment
Dwight F. Reynolds
Fathers and Husbands
Writing the Past: Ancient Egypt Through the Lens of Medieval Islamic Thought
‘The Mosul Stand-up, or a Riff on a Stiff’: al-Hamadhānī’s Maqāma of Mosul
An Edition of al-Hamadhānī’s al-Maqāma al-Mawṣiliyya
Sucker of One’s Mother’s Clitoris: A Study of a Classical Arabic Insult
Commentators, Collators, and Copyists: Interpreting Manuscript Variation in the
Exordium of al-Ḥarīrī’s Maqāmāt
Matthew L. Keegan
Going the Extra Mayl: Two Texts on Medieval Dynamics in the Islamic World
“Extremely Beautiful and Extremely Long”: al-Qīrāṭī’s Exuberant Letter from the Year
Enterprising Sultans and the Doge of Venice: Political Culture and the Patronage of Science and Philosophy in the Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean
Ali Humayun Akhtar
Contextualizing Muḥammad ʿAbduh’s Views on the Family, Marriage, and Divorce
Kenneth M. Cuno
“Go directly home with decorum”: Conduct Books for Egypt’s Young, ca. 1912
When Jews Attack: Toward a Social Psychology of Inter-Communal Violence in
Mark S. Wagner
Scope for Comparatism: Internationalist and Surrealist Resonances in Idwār al-Kharrāṭ’s
Resistant Literary Modernity
Securing Consent: Islamic Development and the Movement to Transform Egypt
Anyone interested in Arabic language, philology and literature and in Islamic thought from early Islam to the present.