The Middle East remembered : forged identities, competing narratives, contested spaces /

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Lassner, Jacob
Format: Book
Published: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2000]
Table of Contents:
  • Reckoning time, recording history: the formation of historical consciousness in the medieval Near East
  • Recovering the early Islamic past: problems and approaches to competing narratives
  • Dawlah: transformative politics and historical memory
  • Regionalism and regional identities versus the idealized Islamic community (Ummah)
  • The first "Islamic" cities: religion, tribal identities, and civic organization
  • The emergence of the imperial center in Islam: identity politics, architecture, and urban space
  • The road to Samarra: clients, slave regiments, and the failure of central planning
  • The dialectic of Jewish-Muslim relations in the medieval Near East
  • Ritual purity and political exile: a Jew in the lands of Islam explains the Babylonian exile
  • Contested narratives an sacred space: Muslims, texts, Jewish subtexts
  • Joseph Sambari on Muhammad and the origins of Islam: a learned Rabbi confronts Muslim apologetics and a Christian polemical tradition.