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Studies in Medieval Islamic Intellectual Traditions

By Hassan Ansari and Sabine Schmidtke


The present volume focuses on aspects of Islamic thought in Iran and Yemen, and other regions of the Middle East, ninth through fifteenth century CE, through a close study of manuscript materials. The book's sixteen chapters are arranged under five rubrics: Mu'tazilism, Zaydism in Iran and in Yemen, Twelver Shi'ism, Mysticism, and Bibliographical Traditions. The material included in the book has been published previously in a different version. The appearance of these studies together in a single volume makes this book a significant and welcome contribution to the field of classical Islamic Studies.

Studies in Medieval Islamic Intellectual Traditions

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    RAIS vol. 7

    472 pages

    7 x 10 inches

    978-1-937040-91-8 (paperback)

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    November 2017

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    Series Editors’ Preface





    1. Muʿtazilism after ʿAbd al-Ǧabbār: Abū Rašīd al-Nīsābūrī’s K. Masāʾil al-Ḫilāf fī l-Uṣūl

    2. Muʿtazilism in Rayy and Astarābād: Abū l-Faḍl al-ʿAbbās b. Šarwīn

    3. The Muʿtazilite and Zaydī Reception of Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Baṣrī’s K. al-Muʿtamad fī Uṣūl al-Fiqh: A Bibliographical Note

    4. Yūsuf al-Baṣīr’s Rebuttal of Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Baṣrī in a Yemeni Zaydī Manuscript of the Seventh/Thirteenth Century (with Wilferd Madelung)


Zaydism in Iran 


    5. The Zaydī Reception of Ibn Ḫallād’s K. al-Uṣūl: The Taʿlīq of Abū Ṭāhir b. ʿAlī al-Ṣa ār

    6. Iranian Zaydism during the Seventh/Thirteenth Century: Abū l-Faḍl b. Šahrdawīr al-Daylamī al-Ǧīlānī and His Commentary on the Qurʾān


Zaydism in Yemen


    7. The Cultural Transfer of Zaydī and Non-Zaydī Religious Literature from Northern Iran to Yemen, Sixth/Twelfth through Eighth/Fourteenth Centuries

    8. The Literary-Religious Tradition among Seventh/Thirteenth-Century Yemenī Zaydīs (I): The Formation of Imam al-Mahdī li-Dīn Allāh Aḥmad b. al-Ḥusayn b. al-Qāsim

    9. The Literary-Religious Tradition among Seventh/Thirteenth-Century Yemeni Zaydīs (II): The Case of ʿAbd Allāh b. Zayd al-ʿAnsī

    10. Between Aleppo and Ṣaʿda: The Zaydī Reception of the Imāmite Scholar Ibn al-Biṭrīq al-Ḥillī

    11. Zaydī Theology in Yemen, Third/Ninth through Ninth/Fifteenth Centuries (with Jan Thiele)

    12. Zaydī Theology in Seventh/Thirteenth-Century Yemen: ʿAbd Allāh b. Zayd
al-ʿAnsī and His K. al-Maḥaǧǧa al-Bayḍāʾ fī Uṣūl al-Dīn


Twelver Šīʿism


    13. The Twelver Šīʿī Reception of Muʿtazilism

    14. Al-Šayḫ al-Ṭūsī: His Writings on Theology and Their Reception

    15. Al-Šayḫ al-Ṭūsī’s Muqaddama fī l-Madḫal ilā ʿIlm al-Kalām: A Critical Edition




    16. Abū Saʿd al-Ḫargūšī and His K. al-Lawāmiʿ: A Ṣūfī Guide Book for Preachers from Fourth/Tenth-Century Nishapur


Bibliographical Traditions


    17. Bibliographical Practices in Islamic Societies, with an Analysis of MS Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Hs. or. 13525



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