Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Current Reading: expect some reviews soon...



Peace, one and all...

I just wanted to give fair warning that I'm about to start my next wave of reading, so there'll be some blogs coming soon. Those with nervous dispositions (or likely to be easily bored) should make for the exits now!

The books in question are as follows. As you will see, they focus on various aspects of Islamic Studies, with a marked emphasis on things historical. As regular visitors may be aware, I'm in the planning stages of a possible part-time PhD project in early Islamic history. Most of the books cited here thus either relate to early Islamic history directly or otherwise have some tangential relationship to the period. Anyway, here are the titles...

  • M. Zakeri (1995), Sasanid Soldiers in Early Muslim Society, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag
  • M. S. Gordon (2001), The Breaking of a Thousand Swords, New York: SUNY Press
  • Hisham al-Kalbi (1952 trans. N. A. Faris), The Book of Idols, Princeton: Princeton University Press
  • I. R. Netton (1982), Muslim Neoplationist: an Introduction to the Thought of the Brethren of Purity, London: George Allen & Unwin
  • M. M. Bar-Asher & A. Kofsky (2002) The Nusayri-`Alawi Religion: an Enquiry into its Theology and Liturgy, Leiden: EJ Brill
  • S. S. Agha (2003), The Revolution which Toppled the Umayyads: Neither Arab nor Abbasid, Leiden: EJ Brill
  • A. Saeed & H. Saeed (2004), Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam, Aldershot: Ashgate
  • I. Yilmaz (2005), Muslim Laws, Politics and Society in Modern Nation States: Dynamic Legal Pluralisms in England, Turkey and Pakistan, Aldershot: Ashgate
  • P. Jackson (2005), The Mongols and the West, Harlow: Longman
  • S. Zubaida (2003), Law and Power in the Islamic World, London: IB Tauris

You can expect reviews of these works in the coming weeks... insha Allah, of course.

Ma'as salama

Abdur Rahman

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