Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam: Essays in HOnor of Wilferd Madelung

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This book explores broad-ranging themes relating to memory, memorization, memorializing or commemorating in a variety of historical, legal, literary and architectural contexts. Distinguished scholars like Abbas Amanat, Irene Bierman, Elton Daniel, George Makdisi, Roy Mottahedeh, Andrew Newman, Ismail K. Poonawala, and Paul E. Walker examine lists and maps as memory aids, the transmission of knowledge and traditions from medieval to early modern times, the application of medieval notions of law and statecraft and the commemoration of individuals, civilizations and dynasties in historical and literary works, on coinage and in monumental forms.

Published by I.B.Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860648595
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/5/2003
  • Series: Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Farhad Daftary is Head of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.

Dr. Josef W. Meri
Visiting Research Fellow in Medieval Islamic History & Civilization Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Josef W. Meri
• Bibliography of the Works of Wilferd Madelung—Farhad Daftary
Part I: The Transmission of Knowledge
• Universities: Past and Present—George Makdisi
• The ijaza from Abd Allah b. Iali al-Samahiji (d. 1135/1722) to Nabir al-Jarudi al-Qanifi (d. 1164/1750-51). A Source for the Twelver Shiite Scholarly Tradition of Ba’rayn—Sabine Schmidtke
• Between Qum and the West: The Occultation according to Early Islamic Sources—Andrew J. Newman
• Memory and Maps Emilie Savage-Smith
• Abu ayyan al-Taw idi: A Sunni Voice in the Shii Century—Wadad al-Qaai
Part II: Memorializing, Remembering and Forgetting
• Bal’ami’s Account of Early Islamic History—Elton J. Daniel
• Say It Again and Make Me Your Slave: Notes on al-Daylam’s Seventh Sign of Man’s Love of God—Joseph Norment Bell
• Lists, Memory and Enquiry: Ibn Qutayba and Muhammad ibn Habib—Julia Bray
• Wa’iz Kashfi’s ‘Garden of the Martyrs’ and the Subtext to the Portrayal of the Iman Husain in the Shii Martyrdom Narrative of the Late Timurid Period Abbas Amanat
Part III: Commemorating Rulers, Dynasties and Conquests
• The Legitimation of Power in Samanid and Buyid Iran—Luke Treadwell
• The Beginning of the Ismaili Dawa and the Establishment of the Fanimid Dynasty as Commemorated by al-Qaai al-Numan—Ismail K. Poonawala
• Religious Identity, Dissimulation and Collective Memory: The Ismaili Context—Farhad Daftary
• Purloined Symbols of the Past: The Theft of Souvenirs and Sacred Relics in the Rivalry Between the Abbasids and Fatimids—Paul E. Walker
• Conceptions of Authority and the Transition of Shiism from Sectarian to National Religion in Iran—Said Amir Arjomand
• Umara’s Poetical View of Shawar and Iirgham, Shirkuh and Iala al-Din, as Viziers under Fanimid Guidance—Pieter Smoor

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