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Other titles in the Culture and Civilization in the Middle East series:
Angels in Islam: Jalal Al-Din Al-Suyuti's Al-Haba'ik Fi Akhbar Al-Mala'ik (Culture and Civilization in the Middle East)by S. R. Burge
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Angels are a basic tenet of belief in Islam, appearing in various types and genres of text, from eschatology to law and theology to devotional material. This book presents the first comprehensive study of angels in Islam, through an analysis of a collection of traditions (had th) compiled by the 15th century polymath Jal l al-D n al-Suy t (d. 911/1505).
With a focus on the principal angels in Islam, the author provides an analysis and critical translation of hadith included in al-Suyuti s al-Haba ik fi akhbar al-mala ik ( The Arrangement of the Traditions about Angels ) many of which are translated into English for the first time. The book discusses the issues that the had th raise, exploring why angels are named in particular ways; how angels are described and portrayed in the had th; the ways in which angels interact with humans; and the theological controversies which feature angels. From this it is possible to place al-Suy t 's collection in its religious and historical milieu, building on the study of angels in Judaism and Christianity to explore aspects of comparative religious beliefs about angels as well as relating Muslim beliefs about angels to wider debates in Islamic Studies.
Broadening the study of Islamic angelology and providing a significant amount of newly translated primary source material, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Islam, divinity, and comparative religion.
Angels are a basic tenet of belief for all Muslims, appearing in various types and genres of text, from eschatology to law and theology to devotional material. This book examines the role of angels in Islam and includes translations of relevant hadith.
By providing selected translations of the hIadAth in this collection, the majority of which have never been translated before, along with an analysis of the material it contains, the book thoroughly explores Islamic angelology within this work. From this it is possible to begin to investigate beliefs about angels in the wider hIadAth literature and in the Islamic tradition more generally, enabling the study of angels in Islam to be broadened beyond the relatively narrow scope currently seen in modern scholarship.
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