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    Martyrdom in Islam (Themes in Islamic History) (Paperback) By (author) David Cook, Series edited by Patricia Crone

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    DescriptionIn recent times Islamic martyrdom has become associated with suicide missions conducted by extremists. However, as David Cook demonstrates, this type of martyrdom is very different from the classical definition which condemned suicide and stipulated that anyone who died a believer could be considered a martyr. Ideas about martyrdom have evolved to suit prevailing circumstances, and it is the evolution of these interpretations that Cook charts in this fascinating history. The book covers the earliest sources on martyrdom including those from the Jewish and Christian traditions, discussions about what constituted martyrdom, and differences in attitudes between Sunnis and Shi'ites. A concluding section discusses martyrdom in today's radical environment. There is no other book which considers the topic so systematically, and which draws so widely on the literary sources. This will be essential reading for students of Islamic history, and for those looking for an informed account of this controversial topic.


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    Title
    Martyrdom in Islam
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Cook, Series edited by Patricia Crone
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521615518
    ISBN 10: 0521615518
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC subject category V2: HRLB, HRA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QFM
    BIC subject category V2: JP, HRH
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T General Subject: 495
    BISAC V2.8: REL037000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT012000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 297.09, 297.2/3, 297.23
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QFM
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    LC classification: BP190.5.M3 C66 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QRVG, QRAX, QRP
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    David Cook is Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Rice University. His publications include Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic (2002), Understanding Jihad (2005), and Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature (2005).
    Review quote
    'This is a lucid, well-researched book which addresses an issue of pressing interest and relevance to everyone on this planet at the present time. The book is admirably comprehensive, and being a scholarly work, does not fall into the trap of regarding the subject as a monolith.' The Muslim World Book Review
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. Martyrs in religion; 2. Martyrdom in the genesis of Islam; 3. Legal definitions, boundaries and rewards of the martyr; 4. Sectarian Islam: Sunni, Shi'ite and Sufi martyrdom; 5. Martyrs: warriors and missionaries in Medieval Islam; 6. Martyrs of love and epic heroes; 7. Patterns of prognostication, narrative and expiation; 8. Martyrdom in contemporary radical Islam; 9. Conclusions; Glossary; Chronology; Appendices; Bibliography.