Islamic Historiography

ISBN-10: 0521629365
ISBN-13: 9780521629362
Edition: 2002
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Description: A timely introduction to Islamic historiography from its origins in the 7th century to the 15th. The book covers the rise of the tradition, the historians' principal genres, assumptions and methods, and stresses the social and political functions of  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A timely introduction to Islamic historiography from its origins in the 7th century to the 15th. The book covers the rise of the tradition, the historians' principal genres, assumptions and methods, and stresses the social and political functions of historical writing.

Patricia Crone is Mellon Professor of Islamic History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She is author of several books including Pre-industrial Societies: Anatomy of the Pre-modern World; Roman, Provincial, and Islamic Law; Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam;and Slaves on Horses: the Evolution of Islamic Polity.

List of plates
List of maps
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary
the historians of the formative period
the historians of the classical period
Preface
Origins and Categories
Origins
The emergence of genre
Consequences and models
Three categories: biography, prosopography, chronography
Contexts
Historiography and traditionalism
Historiography and society
God and models of history
Historians and the truth
How Historians Worked
Vocations and professions
Writing history
Conclusion
Suggestions for further reading
Bibliography
Index

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