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Classical Arabic Biography

Classical Arabic Biography
The Heirs of the Prophets in the Age of al-Ma'mun

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521661997

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  • Pre-modern Arabic biography has served as a major source for the history of Islamic civilization. In this 2000 study exploring the origins and development of classical Arabic biography, Michael Cooperson demonstrates how Muslim scholars used the notions of heirship and transmission to document the activities of political, scholarly and religious communities. The author also explains how medieval Arab scholars used biography to tell the life-stories of important historical figures by examining the careers of the Abbasid Caliph al- Ma'mun, the Shiite Imam Ali al-Rida, the Sunni scholar Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and the ascetic Bishr al-Hafi, each of whom represented a tradition of political and spiritual heirship to the Prophet. Drawing on anthropology and comparative religion, as well as history and literary criticism, the book considers how each figure responded to the presence of the others and how these responses were preserved by posterity.

    • A book-length study dealing with classical Arabic biography
    • Interdisciplinary treatment of formative period of Islamic thought
    • Scholar well regarded in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Cooperson's book is elegantly written and a pleasure to read.' Journal of Islamic Law and Society

    Review of the hardback: 'Cooperson's book is a careful study of an important theme and deserves to become a basic tool for scholars working in the fields of Early Abbasid period or biographical studies.' Journal of Islamic Law and Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521661997
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Note on transliteration
    Note on dating systems
    Glossary
    1. The development of the genre
    2. The caliph al-Ma'mun
    3. The Imam 'Ali al'Rida
    4. The Hadith-scholar Ahmad Ibn Hanbal
    5. The renunciant Bishr al-Hafi
    Conclusions
    Appendix: the circumstances of 'Ali al-Rida's death
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Michael Cooperson, University of California, Los Angeles

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