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Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam

Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam (Hardback)

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The relationship between the workings of memory and the formation of culture is intriguingly close in the world of medieval Islam. In this book, distinguished contributors explore broad-ranging themes relating to memory, memorisation, memorialising or commemorating in a variety of historical, legal, literary and architectural contexts. Abbas Amanat, Irene Bierman, Elton Daniel, George Makdisi, Andrew Newman, Roy Mottahedeh, Ismail K. Poonawala and Paul E. Walker examine lists and maps as memory aids, the transmission of knowledge and traditions from medieval to early-modern times, the application of medieval notions of law and statecraft and the commemoration of individuals, civilisations and dynasties in historical and literary works, on coinage and in monumental forms. This is a fascinatingly original perspective on a topic which will engage scholars of Islamic history and sociology, as well as cultural history and the history of ideas.

Farhad Daftary is Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. He is the author of The Ismailis: their History and Doctrines, The Assassin Legends and editor of Intellectual Traditions in Islam (both I.B.Tauris). Josef W. Meri is a specialist in medieval Middle Eastern and Islamic history and is currently Research Fellow in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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