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In this biographical work, Reichmuth (Oriental studies, Ruhr U., Germany) goes beyond merely recounting the life of Indian-born Muslim humanist scholar Murtada al-Zabidi from his birth in 1732 (or 1145 by the Islamic calendar) to his death in Cairo in 1791 (1205) to also include reconstruction of his network of scholarly and personal relations based on Zabidi's Mu'jam, a collection of biographies written about Zabidi's teachers, friends, students, and others. Reichmuth also includes analysis of Zabidi's major published works: his Arabic lexicon Taj al-`arus ("Bridal Crown") and his commentary on prominent Muslim theologian and philosopher al-Ghazali's Ihya' `ulum al-din ("The Revival of Religious Sciences"), which was titled Ithaf al-Sada al-muttaqin ("Gift of the God-fearing Sayyids"). Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Murtada al-Zabidi was a Humanist scholar and a Muslim, whose twelfth-century writings are here examined in the context of their geographical and historical setting. The period when Zabidi was writing saw a shift in the balance of power from the Muslim empires to the Western world, reflected in the stories he told of his travels from India on to Cairo, across vast distances and coming across an extraordinary range of people. The five chapters in this work look at various aspects of Zabidi's life and times, the first one focusing on his life and career and forms a background to studies of his work. The second looks at Zabidi's writing and publishing and the third at his notes on his friends, teachers, students and acquaintances. Chapter four assesses his two largest works; his Arabic lexicon and his commentary on Gazzali's Ihya. Finally, chapter five explores his second major literary achievement, his large commentary on Gazzali's Ihya ulum al-din.

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ISBN:
9780906094600
Author:
Reichmuth, Stefan
Publisher:
Gibb Memorial Trust
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Murtada al-Zabidi, Muhammad ibn Muhammad
Subject:
Muslim scholars - India
Subject:
Sociology-Islamic Studies
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9.60x6.90x1.10 in. 2.75 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Murtada al-Zabidi was a Humanist scholar and a Muslim, whose twelfth-century writings are here examined in the context of their geographical and historical setting. The period when Zabidi was writing saw a shift in the balance of power from the Muslim empires to the Western world, reflected in the stories he told of his travels from India on to Cairo, across vast distances and coming across an extraordinary range of people. The five chapters in this work look at various aspects of Zabidi's life and times, the first one focusing on his life and career and forms a background to studies of his work. The second looks at Zabidi's writing and publishing and the third at his notes on his friends, teachers, students and acquaintances. Chapter four assesses his two largest works; his Arabic lexicon and his commentary on Gazzali's Ihya. Finally, chapter five explores his second major literary achievement, his large commentary on Gazzali's Ihya ulum al-din.
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