Islamic Crosspollinations: Interactions in the Medieval Middle East by James Montgomery

Islamic Crosspollinations: Interactions in the Medieval Middle East

byJames Montgomery, Anna Akasoy, Peter E. Pormann

Kobo ebook | December 12, 2007

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Islam as a cultural, intellectual, and religious venture appears in the popular imagination as a monolithic entity. Orientalists of the traditional ilk have tended to describe it in essentialist terms, whilst many fundamentalist Muslims themselves promote their construction of a pure and unadulterated Islamic past, to which they strive to return by purging foreign or unauthentic elements from their religion. Next to these attempts, another more traditional view sees the influence between the Western and the Islamic world in linear and teleological terms. Knowledge was transmitted, so to speak, from Alexandria to Baghdad, and hence to Toledo and Paris. The present volume challenges both these concepts regarding the development of Islamic cultures. To do justice to the complexity of structures within which the Muslim Middle Ages unfolded, it approaches the questions of interaction and influence through a novel conceptual framework, that of crosspollination. Instead of telling the story of the transmission of Western works from Greece via Islam into the Latin world, a number of case studies highlight the plurality of encounters between Islam and other adjacent cultures.
Title:Islamic Crosspollinations: Interactions in the Medieval Middle EastFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 12, 2007Publisher:Gibb Memorial TrustLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909724378

ISBN - 13:9781909724372