ISBN-10:
0807856576
ISBN-13:
9780807856574
Pub. Date:
01/31/2006
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Inquiry / Edition 1

The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Inquiry / Edition 1

by Omid Safi

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807856574
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/31/2006
Series: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Omid Safi is director of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center. He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam, and the current Chair for Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. He is author or editor of several books, including Memories of Muhammad.

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Transliteration Systems and Chronologiesxvii
Introductionxxi
Chronology of the Great Saljuqs and 'Abbasidsxxxvii
Key Figures and Primary Sourcesxxxix
Chapter 1Deconstructing the Great Saljuq Myth1
Chapter 2The Nizam's Realm, the Orderly Realm43
Chapter 3Saljuq State Apparatuses82
Chapter 4The Shifting Politics of al-Ghazali105
Chapter 5Bargaining with Baraka125
Chapter 6An Oppositional Sufi: 'Ayn al-Qudat Hamadani158
Conclusion201
AppendixNizam al-Mulk's Descendants in Saljuq Administrations209
Notes213
Bibliography261
Index283

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Quite contemporary, not just in vocabulary and method, but in intellectual tastes and opinions as well.—Islamic Studies



Safi focuses on a fascinating period in Islamic history that is not only replete with famous historical figures but also brimming over with historical developments of immeasurable significance for all subsequent Islamic history. Safi's book is the only integrated and engaging social and cultural history of this period, and as such it makes a singular contribution to the study of Islamic history.—Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Washington University



Marks an important step forward in raising questions and problematizing previously unstudied issues . . . It can readily serve both as a foundation and as an inspiration for future studies.—Journal of American Academy of Religion



An important step forward in raising questions and problematizing previously unstudied issues . . . It can readily serve both as a foundation and as an inspiration for future studies.—Journal of American Academy of Religion



Well written and decidedly useful, Omid Safi's study should stand as a lasting contribution to Saljuq history and to Islamic/Near Eastern history more generally. His many new ideas oblige those in the overlapping fields of premodern Islamic studies to recast long-held arguments concerning Saljuq politics and society and to rethink the lives of prominent figures of the period.—Matthew S. Gordon, Miami University

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