Themes in Islamic History: Islamic Historiography Series Number 1
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Themes in Islamic History: Islamic Historiography Series Number 1

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How did Muslims of the classical Islamic period understand their past? What value did they attach to history? How did they write history? How did historiography fare relative to other kinds of Arabic literature? These and other questions are answered in Chase F. Robinson's Islamic Historiography, an introduction to the principal genres, issues, and problems of Islamic historical writing in Arabic, that stresses the social and political functions of historical writing in the Islamic world. Beginning with the origins of the tradition in the eighth and ninth centuries and covering its development until the beginning of the sixteenth century, this is an authoritative and yet accessible guide through a complex and forbidding field, which is intended for readers with little or no background in Islamic history or Arabic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 166 x 234 x 16mm | 380g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 Maps; 5 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521629365
  • 9780521629362
  • 602,909

Table of contents

List of plates; List of maps; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary; Chronology I: the historians of the formative period; Chronology II: the historians of the classical period; Preface; Part I. Origins and Categories: 1. Origins; 2. The emergence of genre; 3. Consequences and models; 4. Three categories: biography, prosopography, chronography; Part II. Contexts: 5. Historiography and traditionalism; 6. Historiography and society; 7. God and models of history; 8. Historians and the truth; Part III. How Historians Worked: 9. Vocations and professions; 10. Writing history; Conclusion; Suggestions for further reading; Bibliography; Index.
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'He is to be commended for the outstanding effort he has invested and the solid scholarship he exhibits in this work, which earns his Islamic Historiography a place beside distinguished recent studies on the subject ... Robinson's notes are exceptionally informative, and offer a rich guide to further specialized readings on a wide range of topics not at all restricted to Islam. It makes an outstanding textbook for students of Islamic studies, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.' Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations "...a welcome addition to the vexed field of Islamic historiography. It provides a solid introduction for the new student and both refreshes and often offers innovative theories for the seasoned scholar." Folklore Bulletin "...provides an excellent thematic overview, while, at the same time, introducing the reader to some of the Islamic world's most fascinating histories and historians." The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences "...provides an approachable study of one of the world's least-studied intellectual traditions...Essential. All academic collections." Choice
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About Chase F. Robinson

Chase F. Robinson is University Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Oxford. His publications include Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia (2000).
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