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     Reply #600 - February 11, 2021, 07:32 PM

    Authority and Control in the Countryside: From Antiquity to Islam in the Mediterranean and Near East (6th-10th Century)

    petra-sijpesteijn published hell of lot of stuff around Islam and middle east...

    her work is very well supported by the Oil funds from middle east...

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  • Random Islamic History Posts
     Reply #601 - February 21, 2021, 10:35 PM

    Christian Sahner - Zoroastrian Law and the Spread of Islam in Iranian Society
    This article explores three important Zoroastrian legal texts from the ʿAbbasid period, consisting of questions and answers to high-ranking priests. The texts contain a wellspring of information about the social history of Zoroastrianism under Islamic rule, especially the formative encounter between Zoroastrians and Muslims. These include matters such as conversion, apostasy, sexual relations with outsiders, inheritance, commerce , and the economic status of priests. The article argues that the elite clergy responsible for writing these texts used law to refashion the Zoroastrian community from the rulers of Iran, as they had been in Late Antiquity, into one of a variety of dhimmī groups living under Islamic rule. It also argues that, far from being brittle or inflexible, the priests responded to the challenges of the day with creativity and pragmatism. On both counts, there are strong parallels between the experiences of Zoroastrians and those of Christians and Jews, who also turned to law as an instrument for rethinking their place in the new Islamic cosmos. Finally, the article makes a methodological point, namely to show the importance of integrating Pahlavi sources into wider histories of Iran and the Middle East during the early Islamic period.
  • Random Islamic History Posts
     Reply #602 - February 22, 2021, 12:54 AM

    New book

    Philip Wood - The Imam of the Christians: The World of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, C. 750–850
    The Imam of the Christians examines how Christian leaders adopted and adapted the political practices and ideas of their Muslim rulers between 750 and 850 in the Abbasid caliphate in the Jazira (modern eastern Turkey and northern Syria). Focusing on the writings of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, the patriarch of the Jacobite church, Philip Wood describes how this encounter produced an Islamicate Christianity that differed from the Christianities of Byzantium and western Europe in far more than just theology. In doing so, Wood opens a new window on the world of early Islam and Muslims’ interactions with other religious communities.

    Wood shows how Dionysius and other Christian clerics, by forging close ties with Muslim elites, were able to command greater power over their coreligionists, such as the right to issue canons regulating the lives of lay people, gather tithes, and use state troops to arrest opponents. In his writings, Dionysius advertises his ease in the courts of ʿAbd Allah ibn Tahir in Raqqa and the caliph al-Ma’mun in Baghdad, presenting himself as an effective advocate for the interests of his fellow Christians because of his knowledge of Arabic and his ability to redeploy Islamic ideas to his own advantage. Strikingly, Dionysius even claims that, like al-Ma’mun, he is an imam since he leads his people in prayer and rules them by popular consent.

    A wide-ranging examination of Middle Eastern Christian life during a critical period in the development of Islam, The Imam of the Christians is also a case study of the surprising workings of cultural and religious adaptation.

    “The debate about how Jews and Christians parted ways is here extended to Christians and Muslims. By introducing us to Dionysius of Tel-Mahre and his dealings with the early Abbasid elite, Philip Wood describes how Christian hierarchs and intellectuals subtly adapted early Islamic norms of language and conduct. This is an intriguing and readable account, nourished by deep erudition, of a Middle Eastern world in which Muslims and Christians were still capable of learning from each other.”—Garth Fowden, University of Cambridge

    “This is an excellent book that will cement Philip Wood’s reputation as one of the leading commentators on the Christian churches of the early caliphate. Using Dionysius of Tel-Mahre as a guiding thread, the book provides a new history of the Jacobite Church and opens up a much wider vista on Muslim-dhimmī relations in the transition from the ancient to the medieval Middle East.”—Phil Booth, University of Oxford

    “In this well-researched and thoughtful book, Wood reveals to us some neglected aspects of the Islamic Empire at its height through the eyes of the little-known figure of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, head of the Jacobite Christians of Syria and Iraq in the early ninth century, who successfully held his own as a Christian leader in an increasingly Muslim-dominated world.”—Robert G. Hoyland, New York University

    “The relationship between Christian communities and the Muslims and their caliphs in the early Islamic period has inspired a new wave of innovative scholarship in recent years. Wood has been at the forefront of this and in his latest book he develops a fascinating account of the great ninth-century patriarch, Dionysius, and his relationship with the caliph al-Ma’mun. Firmly based in the Arabic and Syriac sources, this book is a major contribution to the study of confessional and cultural interactions between Christians and Muslims in this formative period.”—Hugh N. Kennedy, SOAS University of London
  • Random Islamic History Posts
     Reply #603 - February 22, 2021, 06:25 PM

    Arietta Papaconstantinou - Review of Jack Tannous, The Making of the Medieval Middle East
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     Reply #604 - February 24, 2021, 11:12 AM

    Petra Sijpesteijn - The continuum approach: Multiple legal solutions to run a diverse empire
    For a long time the empire that was born out of the great Arab conquests was studied as existing for and consisting of Muslims, and therefore run by Islamic customs and law, even if these were in a state of ongoing evolution. The full realization of the caliphate’s diversity, with many different communities living together and interacting as they sought to resolve disputes, address iniquities and maintain the social order, has resulted in a radical shift in the sources we use and the questions we ask of the legal systems and how they operated.

  • Random Islamic History Posts
     Reply #605 - Yesterday at 05:18 PM

    The Hidden Secrets Of Islamic Architecture | (Islam Religious Documentary ) | Timeline

    Presenter and art critic, Waldemar Januszczak, sets out on an epic journey of discovery across the Muslim world from Central Asia to the heart of the Middle East and beyond.

    He reveals a world of awe-inspiring architecture, spectacular Islamic treasures and a host of artists and craftsmen, bringing the largely unknown and fascinating story of Islamic art and architecture to the attention of the public. Documentary first broadcast in 2005.

    that is a good one to watch

    Do not let silence become your legacy.. Question everything   
    I renounced my faith to become a kafir, 
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