Views from the Edge: Essays in Honor of Richard W. Bulliet

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These essays were written by colleagues and former students of Richard Bulliet, the scholar and mentor whose "most important contribution remains his extraordinary imagination in the service of history." The hallmark of Views from the Edge, then, is innovative scholarship in all periods of Islamic history. Its authors share a commitment to asking original historiographical questions, with an overall orientation toward issues in social history. Topics in methodology and narrative strategies form the focus of ...

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Overview

These essays were written by colleagues and former students of Richard Bulliet, the scholar and mentor whose "most important contribution remains his extraordinary imagination in the service of history." The hallmark of Views from the Edge, then, is innovative scholarship in all periods of Islamic history. Its authors share a commitment to asking original historiographical questions, with an overall orientation toward issues in social history. Topics in methodology and narrative strategies form the focus of several articles in the medieval period, including the use of biblical metaphors and the portraiture of a courtesan to competing paradigms of legitimacy in the mid-eighth century. European encounters with Islam in the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries and the contemporary practice of horsemanship pertain to the early modern period, while reactions to the Balfour Declaration, Islamism in the early twentieth century, the Middle East in crime fiction, and the use of the pre-Islamic past as nationalist propaganda are among the themes dealing with recent history.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Doing it : Richard W. Bulliet and Islamic studies
Richard W. Bulliet : personal observations
Richard W. Bulliet : bibliography
Trading diaspora, state building and the idea of national interest 3
Palestinian and Jordanian views of the Balfour Declaration 19
Standards of living in East and West : England and Egypt before and after the Black Death 27
Ancient Iranian ideas in a modern context : aspects of royal legitimacy under Muhammad Riza Shah Pahlavi 45
A note on biblical narrative and 'Abbasid history 63
Historical patterns of higher education for women in Morocco since independence 70
'Arib al-Ma'muniya : a third/ninth century 'Abbasid courtesan 86
The ideas of Amir Shakib Arslan before and after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire 101
City administration in Hafez's Shiraz 116
From artistic endeavor to economic enterprise; horsemanship from the 18th to the 20th centuries 141
Capturing imagination : the Buja and medieval Islamic mappa mundi 154
Herat under the Karts : social and political forces 184
Khurasan and the crises of legitimacy : a comparative historiographical perspective 208
Women in the sectarian politics of Lebanon 230
Islam, Italy's internal frontier 240
The rise of the Ottoman Empire : the Black Death in medieval Anatolia and its impact on Turkish civilization 255
"The tomb of the twelfth Imam" and other tales of crime 280
Islam on the eighteenth-century stage : Voltaire's Mahomet crosses the Atlantic 291
The gendered edge of Islam 304
Polysemous texts and reductionist readings : women and heresy in the Siyar al-Muluk 322
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