Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Manuscript Collections and Scholar-Editors of the Twentieth Century (5)


Salah al-Din al-Munajjed (1920-2010)

Some edited works (taken from "Obituary: Salah al-Din al-Munajjed"):

The History of Damascus (Volume I) by Ibn ʿAsākir

Promoting Virtue and Forbidding Vice by Ibn Taymiyyah

The Literature of Foreigners by Abū al-Farāj al-Asbahānī

The Qur'an Schools In Damascus by al-Nuʿaymī

Letters and Poems by al-Jāhiẓ

The Fatwas of Imām Muḥammad Rashīd Riḍā

In Addition To:


(c) Jibreel Delgado. From the personal library of Muhammad Hamidullah

Some original works:

Proverbs About Arabian Women

The Arab Canons of Women's Beauty

Sexual Life of the Arabs

The Rules of Editing Manuscripts

The Rules of Cataloguing Manuscripts

The Bolshevization of Islam

The Socialist Delusion

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“There is No Greater Harm to Knowledge” - Maydan

“There is No Greater Harm to Knowledge” - Maydan: There are objective criteria by which to determine who has greater expertise, whether on specific events, ideas, or people in history. Scholars of the Middle East risk committing blunders when claiming to speak with authority...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Women in Public Space: Ibn Hazm vs. Kawthari

Camilla Adang, “Women’s Access to Public Space according to al-Muhalla bi-l-Athar” in Manuela Marín and Randi Deguilhem (eds.),Writing the Feminine: Women in Arab Sources. London, New York: I.B. Tauris: 2002, 75-94.




The Conservative Traditionalist Hanafi Opinion of the Last Ottoman Deputy Şeyḫülislām

Saudi Supreme Judicial Council: Evening courts to marry women without male guardians

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Manuscript Collections and Scholar-Editors of the Twentieth Century (4)

IHSAN ABBAS (1920-2003)

Some Works Edited by Abbas:

The Biographical Dictionary of Ibn Khallikān (1211/608-1282/681) - 8 volumes (1968-72)

Supplement to Ibn Khallikan by al-Kutubī - 4 volumes (1973-74)

The Biographical Dictionary of Yāqūt (1179-1229) - 7 volumes (1993)

The Cultural Encyclopedia of Ibn Ḥamdūn (c. 12th century) - 10 volumes (1996)

The Letters of Al-Maʿārrī (973-1057) - 1 volume (1982)

Essay Fragments of Umayyad Secretary ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd b. Yaḥyā (d. 750) - 1 volume (1988)

The History of Andalusian Poetry by Ibn al-Khāṭīb (1313-1374) - 1 volume (1963)

The History of Andalusian Poetry by Ibn al-Kattānī (951/342-1029/420) - 1 volume (1966)

The History of Andalusian Poetry by Ibn al-Abbār (1199-1260) - 1 volume (1986)

Encyclopedia of Andalusian-North African Culture by al-Maqqarī (1578/986-1632/1041) - 8 volumes (1968)

"The Merits of the Iberians" by Ibn Bassam al-Shantarīnī (1058-1147) - 8 volumes (1975-79)

Extracts from the Muʿjam al-Safar of al-Silafi (d. 1180) - 1 volume (1979)

The Essays of Ibn Hazm (994/384-1064/456) - 4 volumes (1959-60, 1980, 1990-93)



In Addition To:

Al-Baladhuri (d. 297/892), Ansab al-Ashraf (Genealogies of the Nobles). Wiesbaden: 1979.

Ibn Hazm, al-Ihkam fi usul al-ahkam (Introduction; On Principles of Legal Theory). Beirut: Dar al-Afaq al-Jadida, 1980.

Ibn Hazm, Al-Taqrib li Hadd al-Mantiq bi al-Alfaz al-ʿAmmiyya (On Logic). Beirut: 1959.

Ibn Hazm, Ṭawq al-Ḥamāmah (On Love). Cairo: Dar al-huda lil-thaqafah wal-nashr, 2002.

Abd al-Hayy b. Abd al-Kabir al-Kattani (1884/1302-1962/1382), Fihris al-faharis wa'l-athbat wa-muʿjam al-maʿajim wa'l-mashyakhat wa'l-musalsalat. Beirut: 1986.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

(UNESCO) The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture

A unique contribution to a better knowledge of Islamic civilization



"Since its creation, UNESCO has been highlighting the intellectual solidarity of humankind, the importance of knowledge and the value of diversity to build mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

Launched by UNESCO in 1977, this collection is the result of work undertaken over 40 years under the supervision of a scientific committee and the guidance of the pluralistic perspective defined for UNESCO’s General and Regional Histories (History of Humanity, General History of Africa, General History of the Caribbean, General History of Latin America and History of Civilizations of Central Asia).

It provides unique knowledge of the creative diversity and complexity of Islamic culture and highlights its fundamental contribution to the progress of humanity. As such, it constitutes a relevant tool to encourage and facilitate intercultural and interreligious dialogue. By bringing together diverse academic views on Islamic culture, it strongly contributes to the global debate on Islam and challenges many of the prejudices and misinterpretations."