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Classical Arabic Biography: The Heirs of the Prophets in the Age of al-Mamun (Michael Cooperson) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2000) 9780521661997
Classical Arabic Biography: The Heirs of the Prophets in the Age of al-Mamun (Michael Cooperson) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2000) 9780521661997
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Title: Classical Arabic Biography: The Heirs of the Prophets in the Age of al-Mamun

Author: Cooperson, Michael

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2000

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521661997

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

List Price in Cloth: $95.00 Our price: $95.00

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Premodern Arabic biography has served as a major source for the history of Islamic civilization. In the first book-length study to explore the origins and development of classical Arabic biography, Michael Cooperson demonstrates how Muslim scholars used the notions of heirship and transmission to document the activities of political, scholarly and religious communities. The author also explains how medieval Arab scholars used biography to reconstruct the life stories of important historical figures. He then examines the careers of four of these figures, analyzing their relationships and their place in later biography.Contents1. The development of classical Arabic biography2. The Caliph al-Ma'mun3. The Imam 'Ali al'Rida4. The Imam Ahmad b. Hanbal5. The renunciant Bishr al-HafiConclusions
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