By Michael Cooperson

Pre-modern Arabic biography has served as an enormous resource for the background of Islamic civilization. during this 2000 examine exploring the origins and improvement of classical Arabic biography, Michael Cooperson demonstrates how Muslim students used the notions of heirship and transmission to record the actions of political, scholarly and non secular groups. the writer additionally explains how medieval Arab students used biography to inform the life-stories of vital historic figures via studying the careers of the Abbasid Caliph al- Ma'mun, the Shiite Imam Ali al-Rida, the Sunni student Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and the ascetic Bishr al-Hafi, each one of whom represented a practice of political and religious heirship to the Prophet. Drawing on anthropology and comparative faith, in addition to heritage and literary feedback, the ebook considers how each one determine answered to the presence of the others and the way those responses have been preserved via posterity.

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