Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al Andalus

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al Andalus
Author: Shari Lowin
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2013-11-20
ISBN 10: 1135131600
ISBN 13: 9781135131609
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al Andalus Book Review:

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and homo-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to scriptural characters and storylines. This book examines the ways in which the scriptural referents fit in with, or differ from, the traditional Andalusian poetic conventions. The study then proceeds to compare the scriptural stories and characters as presented in the poems with their scriptural and exegetical sources. This new intertextual analysis reveals that the Jewish and Muslim scholar-poets utilized their sacred literature in their poems of desire as more than poetic ornamentation; in employing Qur’ānic heroes in their secular verses, the Muslim poets presented a justification of profane love and sanctification of erotic human passions. In the Hebrew lust poems, which utilize biblical heroes, we can detect subtle, subversive, and surprisingly placed interpretations of biblical accounts. Moving beyond the concern with literary history to challenge the traditional boundaries between secular and religious poetry, this book provides a new, multidisciplinary, approach to existing materials and will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers of Islamic and Jewish Studies as well as to those with an interest in Hebrew and Arabic poetry of Islamic Spain.

The Literature of Al Andalus

The Literature of Al Andalus
Author: María Rosa Menocal,Raymond P. Scheindlin,Michael Sells
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 507
Release: 2006-11-02
ISBN 10: 0521030234
ISBN 13: 9780521030236
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Literature of Al Andalus Book Review:

The Literature of Al-Andalus is an exploration of the culture of Iberia, present-day Spain and Portugal, during the period when it was an Islamic, mostly Arabic-speaking territory, from the eighth to the thirteenth century, and in the centuries following the Christian conquest when Arabic continued to be widely used. The volume embraces many other related spheres of Arabic culture including philosophy, art, architecture and music. It also extends the subject to other literatures - especially Hebrew and Romance literatures - that burgeoned alongside Arabic and created the distinctive hybrid culture of medieval Iberia. Edited by an Arabist, an Hebraist and a Romance scholar, with individual chapters compiled by a team of the world's leading experts of Islamic Iberia, Sicily and related cultures, this is a truly interdisciplinary and comparative work which offers a interesting approach to the field.

Performing al Andalus

Performing al Andalus
Author: Jonathan Holt Shannon
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 0253017742
ISBN 13: 9780253017741
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Performing al Andalus Book Review:

Performing al-Andalus explores three musical cultures that claim a connection to the music of medieval Iberia, the Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus, known for its complex mix of Arab, North African, Christian, and Jewish influences. Jonathan Holt Shannon shows that the idea of a shared Andalusian heritage animates performers and aficionados in modern-day Syria, Morocco, and Spain, but with varying and sometimes contradictory meanings in different social and political contexts. As he traces the movements of musicians, songs, histories, and memories circulating around the Mediterranean, he argues that attention to such flows offers new insights into the complexities of culture and the nuances of selfhood.

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean
Author: Cynthia Robinson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2006-12-12
ISBN 10: 1134352980
ISBN 13: 9781134352982
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean Book Review:

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture discusses the unicum manuscript of the Hadîth Bayâd wa Riyâd, the only illustrated manuscript known to have survived for more than eight centuries of Muslim and Arabic-speaking presence in present-day Spain. The manuscript is of paramount importance as it contains the only known surviving version, both in terms of text and of image, of the love story of Bayâd wa Riyâd. This study will place this manuscript within the context of late medieval Mediterranean courtly culture, offering: an annotated translation into English of the entire text reproductions of its images an analysis of both text and images in a series of progressively broader contexts including that of al-Andalus(Arabic-speaking); of "reconquista" Iberia; and the larger Mediterranean world. Cynthia Robinson broadens understanding of the Mediterranean region during the Middle Ages, making this text an invaluable resource for scholars with interests in Medieval Spain, art and Mediterranean courtly culture.

Arabic Islamic Views of the Latin West

Arabic Islamic Views of the Latin West
Author: Daniel G. König
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2015-11-05
ISBN 10: 019873719X
ISBN 13: 9780198737193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Arabic Islamic Views of the Latin West Book Review:

"Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West provides an insight into how the Arabic-Islamic world perceived medieval Western Europe in an age that is often associated with violent Christian-Muslim relations during the rise and expansion of Islam, the so-called Reconquista, and the Crusades. A long and dominant scholarly tradition claims that Muslims of this period held an arrogant and ignorant attitude towards its northern neighbours, merely regarding medieval Christian Europe as an uncivilized and hostile cultural backwater clinging to a superseded religion. The study nuances this view by focussing on the mechanisms of transmission and reception that characterized the flow of information from one sphere to the other. By explaining how Arabic-Islamic scholars acquired and processed data on medieval Western Europe, it traces the two-fold 'emergence' of Latin-Christian Europe--a sphere that increasingly encroached upon the Mediterranean and therefore became more and more prominent in Arabic-Islamic scholarly literature"--Jacket.

Looking Back at Al Andalus

Looking Back at Al Andalus
Author: Alexander E. Elinson
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 185
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9004166807
ISBN 13: 9789004166806
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Looking Back at Al Andalus Book Review:

"Looking Back at al-Andalus" focuses on Arabic and Hebrew Literature that expresses the loss of al-Andalus from multiple vantage points. In doing so, this book examines the definition of al-Andalusa (TM) literary borders, the reconstruction of which navigates between traditional generic formulations and actual political, military and cultural challenges. By looking at a variety of genres, the book shows that literature aiming to recall and define al-Andalus expresses a series of symbolic literary objects more than a geographic and political entity fixed in a single time and place. "Looking Back at al-Andalus" offers a unique examination into the role of memory, language, and subjectivity in presenting a series of interpretations of what al-Andalus represented to different writers at different historical-cultural moments.

The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook

The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook
Author: Candida Martinelli
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2012-06-25
ISBN 10: 9781478123248
ISBN 13: 1478123249
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook Book Review:

The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the era of Almohads, by an unknown author. The English text of the book is a translation by Charles Perry, working from the original Arabic, a printed copy of the Arabic and its translation into Spanish, and assisted by an English translation by various persons translating collaboratively the text from Spanish to English. I have altered the English translation by: - editing the translated text, - reorganizing the recipes logically into cookbook chapters, - adding extra text and explanatory text in brackets, - repeating some recipes in more than one section for ease of use - incorporating many of the translator(s) and editor(s) notes into the text, and - adding a complete Table of Contents and Appendices. I have made this document into a free-to-download PDF. The free Adobe PDF Reader allows for simple movement between recipes and chapters using a hyperlinked table of contents and bookmarks, and to search easily by any word, any ingredient. You can also easily print out the book or sections of the book. And you can purchase a print-on-demand paperback book at cost plus shipping via Amazon.com's CreateSpace online company. This book's original title was: Kitab al tabij fi-l-Maghrib wa-l-Andalus fi `asr al-Muwahhidin, li-mu'allif mayhul (or majhul). It means: The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the era of Almohads, by an unknown author. It is commonly known in English today as: The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook. The book was complied by a scribe in the 1400s, whose name appeared on the first page of the text, but the first page has not survived the ages. His work contains recipes copied from a number of older works in the 1200s, some surviving and some not surviving independently to today. The major part of the English translation is by Charles Perry, a scholar, food historian, and writer of a food column for the L.A. Times. Additional notes are by various other writers, including myself.

Astronomy and Astrology in Al Andalus and the Maghrib

Astronomy and Astrology in Al Andalus and the Maghrib
Author: JULIO. SAMSO
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2019-01-03
ISBN 10: 9781138375161
ISBN 13: 1138375160
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Astronomy and Astrology in Al Andalus and the Maghrib Book Review:

This new volume of papers by Julio SamsÃ3 deals with the development of astronomy and astrology in al-Andalus and the Maghrib between the 10th and the 19th centuries. Opening with a survey of the social history of the exact sciences in al-Andalus, the book then looks at astronomical tables: the first stages of the introduction of al-Khwarizmi's and al-Battani's tables through the school of Maslama al-Majriti, the development of Ibn al-Zarqalluh/ Azarquiel's theories in Maghribi zijes (Ibn al-Banna' and Ibn Azzuz) and the abandonment of this tradition towards the end of the 14th century. From this period onwards new Eastern zijes (Muhyi al-Din al-Maghribi, Ibn al-Shatir, Ulugh Beg) are introduced in the Maghrib and, towards the beginning of the 17th century, a translation of Abraham Zacut and José Vizinho's Almanach Perpetuum (end of the 15th century) becomes well known in the whole Islamic world, from Morocco to the Yemen. As well as zijes themselves, the author also deals with theoretical astronomy (the use of an elliptical deferent for Mercury in Ibn al-Zarqalluh's equatorium and the criticisms of Ibn al-Haytham and Jabir b. Aflah on Ptolemy's determination of the parameters of the same planet), and with the use of zijes for the calculation of horoscopes, and an experimental astrological method for the correction of mean motion planetary tables (Ibn Azzuz).

The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy

The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 720
Release: 2016-11-01
ISBN 10: 0199917388
ISBN 13: 9780199917389
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy Book Review:

The study of Islamic philosophy has entered a new and exciting phase in the last few years. Both the received canon of Islamic philosophers and the narrative of the course of Islamic philosophy are in the process of being radically questioned and revised. Most twentieth-century Western scholarship on Arabic or Islamic philosophy has focused on the period from the ninth century to the twelfth. It is a measure of the transformation that is currently underway in the field that, unlike other reference works, the Oxford Handbook has striven to give roughly equal weight to every century, from the ninth to the twentieth. The Handbook is also unique in that its 30 chapters are work-centered rather than person- or theme-centered, in particular taking advantage of recent new editions and translations that have renewed interest and debate around the Islamic philosophical canon. The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy gives both the advanced student and active scholar in Islamic philosophy, theology, and intellectual history, a strong sense of what a work in Islamic philosophy looks like and a deep view of the issues, concepts, and arguments that are at stake. Most importantly, it provides an up-to-date portrait of contemporary scholarship on Islamic philosophy.

The Most Noble of People

The Most Noble of People
Author: Jessica Coope
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2017-04-10
ISBN 10: 0472130285
ISBN 13: 9780472130283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Most Noble of People Book Review:

Negotiates ethnic, religious, and gender identity amid turbulent social change in medieval Islamic Spain

Ma l f

Ma  l  f
Author: Ruth Frances Davis
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780810851382
ISBN 13: 0810851385
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ma l f Book Review:

This is the only book in the English language on Tunisian music, or on any national tradition of Arab Andalusian music, and it is the only book in any language to survey changes in the ma'luf since its modern revival in the early 20th Century within the framework of social, political, and musical developments in Tunisia and the wider Middle East. The author explores topics such as Arab music theory, modernization, westernization, and Egyptianization; the use of notation in oral tradition; and cultural policy. The relations between traditional music and the mass media are also considered, and the conclusions of this study have a significance that will extend beyond Tunisian and Middle Eastern music to ethnomusicology as a whole.

The Poetry of Arab Women from the Pre Islamic Age to Andalusia

The Poetry of Arab Women from the Pre Islamic Age to Andalusia
Author: Wessam Elmeligi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN 10: 0429836325
ISBN 13: 9780429836329
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Poetry of Arab Women from the Pre Islamic Age to Andalusia Book Review:

This is a compilation of poetry written by Arabic women poets from pre-Islamic times to the end of the Abbasid caliphate and Andalusia, and offers translations of over 200 poets together with literary commentary on the poets and their poetry. This critical anthology presents the poems of more than 200 Arabic women poets active from the 600s through the 1400s CE. It marks the first appearance in English translation for many of these poems. The volume includes biographical information about the poets, as well as an analysis of the development of women’s poetry in classical Arabic literature that places the women and the poems within their cultural context. The book fills a noticeable void in modern English-language scholarship on Arabic women, and has important implications for the fields of world and Arabic literature as well as gender and women’s studies. The book will be a fascinating and vital text for students and researchers in the fields of Gender Studies and Middle Eastern studies, as well as scholars and students of translation studies, comparative literature, literary theory, gender studies, Arabic literature, and culture and classics.

The Formation of al Andalus Part 2

The Formation of al Andalus  Part 2
Author: Julio Samsó,Maribel Fierro
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 516
Release: 2019-10-23
ISBN 10: 1351889583
ISBN 13: 9781351889582
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Formation of al Andalus Part 2 Book Review:

These two volumes present a conspectus of current research on the history and culture of early medieval Spain and Portugal, from the time of the Arab conquest in 711 up to the fall of the caliphate. They trace the impact of Islamisation on the pre-existing Roman and Visigothic political and social structures, the continuing interaction between Christian and Muslim, and describe the particular development and characteristics of Muslim Spain- al-Andalus. Together, they comprise 38 articles, of which 32 have been translated into English specially for this publication. The first volume focuses on political and social history, and looks in detail at settlement patterns and urbanisation; the second examines questions of language and covers the brilliant cultural and intellectual history of the period.

Andalus and Sefarad

Andalus and Sefarad
Author: Sarah Stroumsa
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2019-10-15
ISBN 10: 0691195455
ISBN 13: 9780691195452
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Andalus and Sefarad Book Review:

An integrative approach to Jewish and Muslim philosophy in al-Andalus Al-Andalus, the Iberian territory ruled by Islam from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries, was home to a flourishing philosophical culture among Muslims and the Jews who lived in their midst. Andalusians spoke proudly of the region's excellence, and indeed it engendered celebrated thinkers such as Maimonides and Averroes. Sarah Stroumsa offers an integrative new approach to Jewish and Muslim philosophy in al-Andalus, where the cultural commonality of the Islamicate world allowed scholars from diverse religious backgrounds to engage in the same philosophical pursuits. Stroumsa traces the development of philosophy in Muslim Iberia from its introduction to the region to the diverse forms it took over time, from Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism to rational theology and mystical philosophy. She sheds light on the way the politics of the day, including the struggles with the Christians to the north of the peninsula and the Fāṭimids in North Africa, influenced philosophy in al-Andalus yet affected its development among the two religious communities in different ways. While acknowledging the dissimilar social status of Muslims and members of the religious minorities, Andalus and Sefarad highlights the common ground that united philosophers, providing new perspective on the development of philosophy in Islamic Spain.

Aesthetics in Arabic Thought

Aesthetics in Arabic Thought
Author: José Miguel Puerta-Vilchez
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 954
Release: 2017-06-21
ISBN 10: 9004345043
ISBN 13: 9789004345041
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aesthetics in Arabic Thought Book Review:

Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus offers a history of aesthetic thought in the Arabic language from the pre-Islamic period to the Alhambra, with special attention to the great Arab philosophers of the Middle East and al-Andalus.

Christians in Al Andalus 711 1000

Christians in Al Andalus 711 1000
Author: Ann Rosemary Christys
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2013-01-11
ISBN 10: 1136127305
ISBN 13: 9781136127304
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christians in Al Andalus 711 1000 Book Review:

Our current image of the Christian population of al-Andalus after AD711 reflects the way history has been written. The Christians almost disappeared from the historical record as the historians of the conquering Muslims concentrated on the glories of the Ummayads.This book reconsiders, through their own words, the fate of the Christians of al-Andalus. The texts discusses two chronicles in Latin on the fate of Hispania, the problematic accounts of Christian martyrs in Cordoba, a Muslim historian's account of how his Christian ancestors survived the conquest and other texts reflecting the acculturation of Christians into Islamic society.

Routledge Revivals Medieval Islamic Civilization 2006

Routledge Revivals  Medieval Islamic Civilization  2006
Author: Josef Meri
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 546
Release: 2018-01-12
ISBN 10: 1351668226
ISBN 13: 9781351668224
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Routledge Revivals Medieval Islamic Civilization 2006 Book Review:

Islamic civilization flourished in the Middle Ages across a vast geographical area that spans today's Middle and Near East. First published in 2006, Medieval Islamic Civilization examines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the 7th and 16th centuries. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, theology, and more. Entries also explore the importance of interfaith relations and the permeation of persons, ideas, and objects across geographical and intellectual boundaries between Europe and the Islamic world. This reference work provides an exhaustive and vivid portrait of Islamic civilization and brings together in one authoritative text all aspects of Islamic civilization during the Middle Ages. Accessible to scholars, students and non-specialists, this resource will be of great use in research and understanding of the roots of today's Islamic society as well as the rich and vivid culture of medieval Islamic civilization.

The Muslim Conquest and Settlement of North Africa and Spain

The Muslim Conquest and Settlement of North Africa and Spain
Author: Abdulwahid Dhanun Taha
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2016-07-05
ISBN 10: 9781138689633
ISBN 13: 1138689637
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Muslim Conquest and Settlement of North Africa and Spain Book Review:

In the seventh and eighth centuries, the Muslim Arabs conquered large areas of North Africa and then, with the help of their former adversaries in North Africa, the Berbers, gained a decisive victory over the Visigoths in Spain. This book, first published in 1989 and based on Arabic and other sources, describes the process of conquest and settlement, first depicting the lack of unity in North Africa and the corruption and insolvency in Spain that made the advance possible. It provides an invaluable classification of the Arab and Berber settlers in Spain by tribal origin, area of settlement and time of entry. The book emphasises throughout the importance of the economic and administrative relationship between North Africa and Spain. It charts the growing resentment of the early settlers in Spain with the restrictions on their autonomy imposed by the Governor-General of North Africa and the caliphate. It describes the rising tensions between old and new settlers and between the different tribal groups, finally leading to the Berber revolt and Abdulrahman¿s consolidation of power towards the end of the Umayyad caliphate.

From Al Andalus to Khurasan

From Al Andalus to Khurasan
Author: Petra Sijpesteijn
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9004155678
ISBN 13: 9789004155671
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Al Andalus to Khurasan Book Review:

The study of medieval Islamic history has been hindered by the lack of available evidence. This is because of its inaccessibility to all but the most specialised scholars in the field. Containing papers given at the "Documents and the History of the Early Islamic Mediterranean World" conference, this title looks at the redressing of this problem

Inventing the Berbers

Inventing the Berbers
Author: Ramzi Rouighi
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2019-08-02
ISBN 10: 081225130X
ISBN 13: 9780812251302
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inventing the Berbers Book Review:

Before the Arabs conquered northwest Africa in the seventh century, Ramzi Rouighi asserts, there were no Berbers. There were Moors (Mauri), Mauretanians, Africans, and many tribes and tribal federations such as the Leuathae or Musulami; and before the Arabs, no one thought that these groups shared a common ancestry, culture, or language. Certainly, there were groups considered barbarians by the Romans, but "Barbarian," or its cognate, "Berber" was not an ethnonym, nor was it exclusive to North Africa. Yet today, it is common to see studies of the Christianization or Romanization of the Berbers, or of their resistance to foreign conquerors like the Carthaginians, Vandals, or Arabs. Archaeologists and linguists routinely describe proto-Berber groups and languages in even more ancient times, while biologists look for Berber DNA markers that go back thousands of years. Taking the pervasiveness of such anachronisms as a point of departure, Inventing the Berbers examines the emergence of the Berbers as a distinct category in early Arabic texts and probes the ways in which later Arabic sources, shaped by contemporary events, imagined the Berbers as a people and the Maghrib as their home. Key both to Rouighi's understanding of the medieval phenomenon of the "berberization" of North Africa and its reverberations in the modern world is the Kitāb al-'ibar of Ibn Khaldūn (d. 1406), the third book of which purports to provide the history of the Berbers and the dynasties that ruled in the Maghrib. As translated into French in 1858, Rouighi argues, the book served to establish a racialized conception of Berber indigenousness for the French colonial powers who erected a fundamental opposition between the two groups thought to constitute the native populations of North Africa, Arabs and Berbers. Inventing the Berbers thus demonstrates the ways in which the nineteenth-century interpretation of a medieval text has not only served as the basis for modern historical scholarship but also has had an effect on colonial and postcolonial policies and communal identities throughout Europe and North Africa.