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Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam (SLAEI) # 26


The Place to Go


Contexts of Learning in Baghdad 750–1000 C.E.


Edited by Jens Scheiner and Damien Janos



About the Book:

    This volume focuses on the intellectual and educational life of Baghdad during the apex of Abbasid culture from about the eighth to the tenth centuries C.E. It covers a wide range of religious and scientific disciplines, groups, and movements that characterized the production, transmission, and transformation of knowledge in this city during this period. Poetry, literature, the transmission of prophetic reports (?adith), historiography, astrology and astronomy, Christian and Muslim (school) education, the Syriac to Arabic translation movement, and Jewish learning are some of the topics discussed in the volume. In doing so, the volume generates insight into the various contexts that defined scholarship in medieval Baghdad. A central aim is to contribute to a better understanding of Baghdad’s circles of learning and patterns of patronage, as well as of the relation between Abbasid institutions and the dispensing of religious and scientific education. The volume should benefit anyone interested in Islamic history and civilization, as well as to those with an interest in the history of education.


About the Author:

    Jens Scheiner is University Professor at the University of Göttingen. Damien Janos is post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Sciences in Berlin.


Published: 2014; Bibliography; Index

Size: 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 in. (15.87 x 24.1 cm); xx, 655 pages


ISBN 978-0-87850-212-7  $79.95  Buy it at Amazon.com!