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ʻAbd al-Malik /
Chase F. Robinson.
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Oxford : Oneworld, c2005.
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xv, 139 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1851683615 (hbk.)
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imprint
Oxford : Oneworld, c2005.
isbn
1851683615 (hbk.)
catalogue key
5429107
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Chase Robinson is Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Oxford.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-02-01:
These five titles are the first in a new monograph series, Makers of the Muslim World, which focuses on the lives and contributions to Islam of important scholars and/or leaders not well-known in the West. Despite their inordinately high price, they offer non-Muslim readers and specialists a useful addition to the growing body of literature in English on the subject. Thus, Robinson's study of 'Abd al-Malik, perhaps the best-known of the group, underscores al-Malik's two main contributions to Islamic development--the establishment of an Islamic state separate from its religious structure--Damascus- rather than Mecca-based--and building the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem as earthly symbol and location of Muhammad's "night journey." Robinson notes that unlike his predecessors, al-Malik had an "imperial vision of the caliphate as God's instrument, linking monotheism to empire." Abd al-Rahman, similarly, unified Islamic Spain, establishing the Cordoban Caliphate as rival to the Abbasids in Baghdad and presiding over the brilliant Islamic civilization developed there. Amir Khusraw, the most multitalented of the five, served the pre-Mughal sultans of Delhi as poet, courtier, and musician, and synthesized Islamic and Hindu elements into what later became the high Hindustani culture of India. Astarabadi's distinction rests on his unorthodox views, emphasizing dreams as essential to divine understanding and language as key to this understanding. For this reason, his followers in the movement he founded became known as Hurufis, "Letterists," later influencing Islamic thought in India. The last figure, Barelwi (from Bareilly, India, his home), was not only "modern" in time (1856-1921) but also generated a movement that was Indian in objectives and continues to influence Sunni Muslims everywhere, centered as it is on Muhammad as the "perfect man," essential to emulate in one's approach to God. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty. W. Spencer Flagler College
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This series is devoted to the men & women who made the Muslim world what it is today, whether they were poets or scholars, artists or scientists, politicans or religious leaders. Each book presents one key figure in their cultural & historical context & assesses their influence on the development of Islam.
Long Description
The Umayyad Caliph and founder of the Dome of the Rock is captured here in a concise and clear manner.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Glossaryp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Introduction: Jerusalem in 692p. 1
When and Why the Dome?p. 3
'Abd al-Malik and the Marwanidsp. 11
The Marwanid Backgroundp. 18
The End of the Sufyanids and the Beginning of the Marwanidsp. 22
The Caliphate of Ibn al-Zubayrp. 31
The Case for Ibn al-Zubayrp. 35
The Rebellion of 'Abd al-Malikp. 39
The Images of 'Abd al-Malikp. 49
'Abd al-Malik's Empirep. 59
Sufyanid Arrangementsp. 62
Innovationsp. 66
'Abd al-Malik as Imamp. 81
The Problem of Evidencep. 81
The Caliphp. 90
'Abd al-Malik and the Islamic Statep. 105
Sermons and Lettersp. 106
Public Islam and the Marwanid Statep. 113
Conclusionp. 119
Conclusion: The Legacy of 'Abd al-malikp. 123
Further Readingp. 129
Bibliographyp. 131
Indexp. 135
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