The perfumery arts in Asia have traditionally been presented as exotic or, in recent decades, mainly ignored. The ethnographic report in hand recalibrates the character and meaning of perfumery in the Islamic world illustrated by the local example of ‘Adan/Laḥj. By retelling the stories which have become associated with specific fragrances there, the author simultaneously introduces the reader to the history and culture of Islam and the southern edge of Yemen. The cultural exchange along the Indian Ocean Rim and within the colonial empires supported the spread and refinement of aromatics. The result is a new and fascinating portrayal and explanation of perfumery in general as well as of its tradition and special features in West Asia up to recent times.
An Ethnography of Fragrance
Isabel Toral-Niehoff, Freie Universität Berlin
In al-Ḥīra. Eine arabische Kulturmetropole im spätantiken Kontext, Isabel Toral-Niehoff draws a vivid portrait of this multicultural Late Antique Arab city located in the frontier zone between Byzantium and Iran and emphasizes its significance for Arab culture and early Islam. In al-Ḥīra. Eine ...
Michael Ebstein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
In Mysticism and Philosophy in al-Andalus, Michael Ebstein underscores the many links that connect the intellectual world of the Andalusi mystics Ibn Masarra (269/883-319/931) and Ibn al-ʿArabi (560/1165-638/1240) to the Ismāʿīlī tradition.
Maaike van Berkel, University of Amsterdam, Nadia El Cheikh, American University Beirut, Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, London and Letizia Osti, University of Milan
The reign of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) is a crucial epoch in Abbasid history. Four scholars question the picture of decline attached to this period, exploring the formal and informal power relationships that shaped politics at the court of this caliph.
Umar F. Abd-Allah Wymann-Landgraf, Nawawi Foundation
This book studies the legal reasoning of Mālik ibn Anas. It emphasizes that the Sunnī schools of law emerged during the formative period as independent legal methodologies.
Ulrich Rudolph, University of Zurich, translated by Rodrigo Adem, University of Chicago
In this book Ulrich Rudolph offers an analysis of al-Maturidi's (d. 944 CE) eminent contribution to the formation of Sunni theology.
Suleiman A. Mourad, Smith College and James E. Lindsay, Colorado State University
The Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology provides an account of the preaching of a revitalized vision of jihad in Crusader-era Syria by Sunni scholars, including Ibn ʿAsākir, as a major propaganda tool of the Counter-Crusade and Sunni revival.
Gerhard Böwering, Yale University and Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut
This work is a critical Arabic text edition of Salwat al-ʿārifīn wa-uns al-mushtāqīn, a manual of early Sufism by Abū Khalaf al-Ṭabarī (d. ca. 470/1077). It is an integral part of Sufi literature and reflects Islamic developments in Nishapur in northeastern Iran.
Edited by Judy A. Hayden, University of Tampa and Nabil I. Matar, University of Minnesota
The collection is the first to bring together a number of accounts about the Holy Land written by early modern authors from different religious and regional backgrounds.
Edited by Ingrid Hehmeyer, Ryerson University, and Hanne Schönig, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, with the collaboration of Anne Regourd, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Traditional medicine in Yemen is largely plant-based. Fourteen scholars represent both humanities and natural sciences in studying herbal medicines and their multifaceted applications within traditional Yemeni society. Approaches are based on textual analysis, empirical research and laboratory ...
Edited by Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
In honor of Fred M. Donner's distinguished career as an interpreter of early Islam, this volume collects more than a dozen studies by his students. They range over a wide array of sub-fields in Islamic studies, including Islamic history, historiography, Islamic law, Qur'anic studies and ...
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