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Title: Construction of Knowledge in Islamic Civilization
Author: Heck, Paul L
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004123403
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 286
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This study examines the role of the state in the construction of knowledge in Islamic civilization in its early classical period (third/ninth and fourth/tenth centuries). Different voices representing different social groups--savants, littrateurs, religious scholars, state officials--all brought their particular conception of knowledge to bear on the formation of the various branches of knowledge known to Islamic civilization. Reading the works of various branches of knowledge alongside the administrative encyclopedia of Qudama b. Ja'far (d. 337/948), a state official in the employ of the Abbasid dynasty, has served to highlight the particular point of view of the state in the intellectual and cultural dialogue of the day. At the same time, this approach has shown Islamic civilization to be as much a dialogue of values between the different social groups of the day as a series of events or collection of ideas.'... an important contribution to our understanding of, and approach to, the history of knowledge in Islamic civilization.'--Devin Stewart, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 2003.Readership: All those interested in Islamic civilization, Islamic intellectual and cultural history, the history of the Islamic state and the relation of the Islamic state to both society and religion.