Magic and Divination in Early Islam / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Taylor & Francis
Magic and divination in early Islam encompassed a wide range of practices, including belief in jinn, warding off the evil eye, the production of amulets and other magical equipment, conjuring, wonder-working, dream interpretation, predicting the weather, casting lots, astrology, and physiognomy. The ten studies here are concerned with the pre-Islamic antecedents of such practices, and with the theory of magic in healing, the nature and use of amulets and their decipherment, the arts of astrometeorology and geomancy, the refutation of astrology, and the role of the astrologer in society. Some of the studies are highly illustrated, some long out of print, some revised or composed for this volume, and one translated into English for the first time. These fundamental investigations, together with the introductory bibliographic essay, are intended as a guide to the concepts, terminology, and basic scholarly literature of an important, but often overlooked, aspect of classical Islamic culture.
About the Author
Dr Emilie Savage-Smith is Senior Research Associate at The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Beliefs in spirits among the pre-Islamic Arabs, Joseph Henninger; Hermes and Harran: the roots of Arabic-Islamic occultism, Francis E. Peters; The theory of magic in healing, Michael W. Dols; The rod of Moses in Arabic magic, A. Fodor; The decipherment of Arabic talismans, Tewfik Canaan; Islamic seals: magical or practical?, Venetia Porter; Weather forecasting in the Arabic world, Charles Burnett; Islamic geomancy and a 13th-century divinatory device: another look, Emilie Savage-Smith and Marion B. Smith; Ibn Taymiyya on astrology: annotated translation of three fatwas, Yahya J. Michot; The role of the astrologer in medieval Islamic society, George Saliba; Index.