Arabic historical thought in the classical period / Tarif Khalidi

Author(s): Khalidi, Tarif, 1938-
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Subjects: Historiography--Islamic Empire
Islamic Empire--Historiography
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994
Series: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization
LC Classification: D, DS
Physical Description: xiii, 250 p. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Preface
1. The birth of a tradition 1
2. History and Hadith 17
From Hadith to history 28
Sacred history 30
Muhammad ibn Ishaq 34
The isnad debate of the 3rd/9th century 39
Sacred history continued: the scholarly consensus of Waqidi and Ibn Sad 44
Tribal history: genealogy 49
Tribal history continued: genealogy reformulated 54
The genealogies of al-Baladhuri 58
Tribal history continued: the conquests 62
The conquests: three representative histories 65
The histories of prophets 68
Tabari, the 'imam' of Hadith historiography 73
Concluding observations 81
3. History and Adab 83
The rise of Adab 83
The Umayyad state secretaries 89
From Adab to History: 2nd-4th/8th-10th centuries 96
Adab, Hikma and history: Jahiz 104
Adab, Hadith and history: Ibn Qutayba 108
Intention, space, time and number 111
Intention 113
Space 115
Time 118
Number 122
Three aspects of historical thought: pattern, argument and style 124
4. History and Hikma 131
Masudi: Adab, Hikma, history 131
The khabar: jurists and theologians 137
The khabar: four formulations of the 5th/11th century 142
Abd al-Jabbar 143
Baghdadi 146
Basri 148
Ibn Hazm 149
The four formulations examined 150
Miracle and custom 151
Time and the philosophers 158
History and the philosophers 162
History as administrative experience: Miskawayhi 170
History and natural science: Biruni 176
5. History and Siyasa 182
The background 182
Images of a new age 184
Images of a new society 188
The institution of rank 189
Sultans and 'ulama' 191
Siyasa and sharia 193
History and self-Consciousness 200
Biographical dictionaries 204
Bezels of wisdom, glimpses of the Unseen 210
Patterns of change 215
The sense of place 219
Ibn Khaldun 222
Conclusion 232
Bibliography 235
Index 243
Notes: LCCN: 93051021
ISBN: 0521465540
Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC Number: 29751534
ISBN/ISSN: 0521465540