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Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam (SLAEI) # 4


Studies in Early Islamic History


by Martin Hinds


About the Book:

    These essays by a leading historian of early Islamic times have now been collected and republished for the benefit of a wider audience. The nine studies reprinted here deal with several important themes: the first Civil War and the social and political tensions underlying it, early Islamic historiography, the early Arab conquests, relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, and the mihna ("inquisition") in Early 'Abbasid times.

Martin Hinds was one of the finest scholars of this generation. His death in 1988, at age 47, ended his career prematurely. He published only eight journal articles, which are collected in this volume along with one article from The Encyclopaedia of Islam, second edition. . . . Hinds was very much a historian who tried to understand human events and their causes, but he was also a superb Arabist, completely fluent in the literary and spoken versions of the language. . . This book . . . resets the articles without editorial changes except to make citations uniform. The original pagination of each article is provided in the margin. The physical production of the book is satisfying to the eye and hand: Darwin Press is to be congratulated and thanked, as are the editors. An Introduction by G. R. Hawting summarizes Hinds' career and publications, including a couple of paragraphs on each article in this book. . . . Hinds' articles are essential reading for any specialist in early Islamic history.

Journal of the American Oriental Society


Publication date: 1996

Black-and-white plates and color illustrations of banners; index

Size: 6 1/8 x 9 ½ (15.6 x 24.1 cm); xix, 262 pages

CIP L.C. 92-6228

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