A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work: Ibn Ṭāwūs and His Library

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BRILL, 1992 M01 1 - 470 pages
Ra al-D? Ibn w's (d. 664/1266 in Bagdad) was a major figure in the history of Sh?'? thought. He published works on subjects ranging from tradition "(?ad?th)" and polemics to history and astrology. Ibn w's was an avid bibliophile, and his various writings contain remarkably detailed information about the books that he owned or read. Kohlberg's book is divided into two main parts. The first surveys the life, working methods and literary output of Ibn w's and offers an extended analysis of his library. The second part is an annotated list of all the works (some 660 in number) cited by Ibn w's in his available writings. About a third of these works (both Sunn? and Sh?'?) are not extant, and even the existence of some of them has hitherto not been known. The works cover a wide range of subjects, including Qur'?nic exegesis, tradition, history, theology, astronomy and genealogy, and provides a detailed picture of the intellectual world of a medieval Muslim scholar. Prof. Kohlberg is a leading authority on Sh?'ism, and his monograph is an unusual and important contribution both to the history of Islam and to the history of Arabic literature and science.
 

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Contents

Works
21
PART
55
Background
71
Dates
84
Ibn Tâwus and alKafºami
98
65
116
83
131
393
149
405
167
General Index
439
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Etan Kohlberg, Ph.D. (1971) Oxford University, is Professor of Arabic language and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications deal mainly with Sh literature, doctrine and history. Studies include "Immam and Community in the Pre-Ghayba Period," "Aspects of Akhb r Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," and "Western Studies of Sh a Islam."

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