Classical Arab Islam
The Culture and Heritage of the Golden Age
by Tarif Khalidi
About the Book:
This book, a milestone of Islamic scholarship, calls attention to those aspects of Arab Islamic culture that excite modern controversy. Professor Khalidi examines the classical period, when the basic cultural patterns of Islamic civilization were established, the various branches of religious and nonreligious scholarship defined, and the religious life-styles had become embedded in the subconscious of an ancient society. The topics covered are:
God and His Community
Attitudes Towards the past
The Mystic Quest
The Place of Reason
The World of Nature
The Governance of the Umma
Ibn Khaldun--The Great Synthesist
Past and Present in Contemporary Arabic Thought
About the Author:
Tarif Khalidi is Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic, Cambridge University. Educated at Oxford University and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.), he is the author of Islamic Historiography and editor of Land Tenure and Social Transformation in the Middle East.
A thoughtful book, and one that will repay reading. . . . Here there is both spirit and sense. . . . Recommended strongly for undergraduate reading lists was well as for general libraries.
Students will find this book stimulating and the bibliographical essay a useful guide to the literature relevant to each lecture.
A significant contribution to Western understanding of the Arab World.
—The Middle East Journal
Publication date: 1996
Bibliographical essay; glossary; index
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9 cm); 158 pages
CIP L.C. 84-070416
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