Patricia Crone & Michael Cook HAGARISM The Making of the Islamic World HAGARISM THE MAKING OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD PATRICIA CRONE SENIOR . A classic revisionist work on the formation of Islam. Hagarism; The Making Of The Islamic World Crone, Cook. by Patricia Crone. Publication. This is a paperback edition of a controversial study of the origins of Islamic civilisation, first published in By examining non-Muslim sources, the authors.

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This is surely the context which gave Islam the curious term banifi so r 3 Whence Islam? Whether we should think in terms of Rome see Lewis’s commentary, ibid. Sk rated it it was amazing Feb 07, The first is best performed by a personal God, the second by impersonal concepts — a polarity well caught in the contrast between Judaism and Buddhism.

The full-blooded revival of the tradition at the hands of the Sasanids was of course a less pre- dictable outcome — they did not have to set about so single-minded a restoration of what they believed the Macedonians to have overthrown.

Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World

In other words, we seem to have here a striking parallel to the case of Bakka. Neither invocation was without precedent. The result was that Iran retained its monolithic construction until the Hagarene conquerors destroyed its polity and religion in one, whereas the Greeks owed such political and religious unity as was foisted upon them to a Roman emperor and a Jewish God.

Since the Greeks operated with either supreme truths of limited social diffusion or socially pervasive truths of limited cognitive value, the tension between conflicting norms and beliefs within the empire was defused: Cyril was the last Alexandrian theologian of note, John Philoponus the last philosopher, and the surviving Coptic literature is as intellectually dull as it is emotionally vibrant.

It seems entirely possible that critics of Islam could use Crone’s arguments to push for a static view of Islam that is inherently parochial that hinders its ability to truly participate in modernity.


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Equally Coptic boorishness was hardly capable of providing the basis of a viably auto- nomous culture. What has been said should also suffice to warn the non-specialist what not to expect: In the Hijaz itself, the evidence is highly unsatisfactory in that it derives almost entirely from the Islamic tradition. But at the same time this dual civilisation meant a dual tension.

The Middle East Quarterly. The Joshuan successor and the Aaronic brother have come together in the compromise which makes ‘Ali the cousin of the Prophet. This book is an attempt to make sense of it.

What Sebeos has to say is also of considerable doctrinal interest in its own right. It may be inaccurate in some details, with an overly-broad mandate which is n This book is awesome.

Without an ethnicity, without a Jahiliyya, and without an Athens, they had nothing to be, to mourn or to love this side of the Garden of Eden. It might not be superfluous for us to attempt a defence of this enter- prise against the raised eyebrows of the specialist, but it would certainly be pointless: Mu’awiya may have worn no crown, but he did not wish to return to the seat of Muhammad.

The Hagarisation of the Fertile Crescent ; The Christians did of course sacrifice their ethnicity to convert the Greeks, unlike the Romans who had retained theirs and conquered them. A wide variety of results come about, which range from an outright rejection of certain pre-Islamic ideas to an absorption of others into Islamic thought islamkc seen for example in the case of Iranian political ideas.

Now this fundamentalism appears to have a certain Fortleben in two texts which claim to date from the end of the seventh century, and are certainly early. The warmth of the Jewish reaction to the Arab invasion attested by the Doctrina 25 and exemplified by the ‘Secrets’ is far less in evidence in later Jewish attitudes. The qualifications for office — religious knowledge, more or less esoteric, and a sacred genealogy, more or less narrowly defined — combine with the dynastic pattern to perpetuate the Samaritan high-priesthood.

Oct 09, Mel rated it it was ok. Your request to send this item has been completed. The tradition expresses dogma, and tells historically irreconcilable and anachronistic accounts of the community’s past.


The most obvious solution was simply to up-grade the base tometro- 24 The Samaritan caiques politan islaamic In Iran, by contrast, the twinship of religion and kingship was historically aboriginal and doctrinally unproblematic; and the legitimation of the monarchic government of a settled society carried with it the legitimation of the aristocratic substructure that goes with it.

Syrians did of course predominate, but other barbarians, be they Ethiop- ians, Armenians, Christians from Persia, or Egyptians, were in no way excluded. In the eyes of the rabbis their oral tradition as a whole went back to Moses, as in the maxim yhe ‘All Torah 1 3 is Mosaic halakha from Sinai. The name field is required. But in a Christian culture it is not possible to make a pro- vincial virtue of a Christian identity, which is what the Syrians tried.

Babylonia was in this period the unrivalled centre of rabbinic Judaism, and it is equally to this region that research from the Islamic side has traced the origins of Islamkc law.

Hagarism; The Making Of The Islamic World Crone, Cook

It is always helpful in determining what primary sources to use in studying early Islamic history. Likewise the tradition represented by the Christian Isho’dad of Merv is as totally detached from the Baby- lonian past, for all its considerable learning, as that represented by the pagan Ibn Wabshiyya is totally in love with it, for all its considerable errors.

The idea of a religion of Abraham is of course prominent in the Koran.

Aug 29, Luis Dizon rated it it was amazing Shelves: That is to say the core of the Prophet’s message, in the earliest testimony available to us outside the Islamic tradition, appears as Judaic messian- ism.