This book celebrates the career of the distinguished Arabist, Professor Alan Jones, who taught at Oxford's Oriental Institute for 43 years. It comprises a wide range of articles from leading experts in the field of Arabic and Islamic studies. Subjects explored include: pre-Islamic Arabic poetry, Muslim Arabic documents and inscriptions, Greek and Islamic science, and Islamic literature and thought.
Robert G Hoyland is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and author of Seeing Islam as Others saw it (Darwin; Princeton, 1997) and Arabia and the Arabs (Routledge; London, 2001). Philip F Kennedy is Professor in the Middle East Department of New York University and author of The Wine Song in Classical Arabic Poetry (OUP; Oxford, 1997).
Foreword (Princess Basma of Jordan). Of models and amanuenses: the remarks on the Qasida in Ibn Qutayba's Kitab al-shi'r wa-l-shu'ara' (James E Montgomery); Playing for time: maysir-gambling in early Arabic poetry (Nadia Jamil); The metonymy of recognition in early Isma'ili memoir: the case of Ibn Hawshab 'Mansur al-Yaman' (Philip F Kennedy); The Mu'allaqat in the West: a brief bibliographical survey (Heather Bleaney); Theomnestus of Nicopolis, Hunayn ibn Ishaq, and the beginnings of Islamic veterinary science (Robert G Hoyland); Verbs and voices (Julia Bray); Historians and the Arabic biographical dictionary: some new approaches (Paul Auchterlonie); The Qur'an as a source of law: the case of zakat (alms-tax) (Yasin Dutton); Ghirbib ibn 'Abd Allah al-Thaqafi the beginnings of linguistic and ethnic accommodation to Arab Islam in al-Andalus (David Wasserstein); On the difficulty of knowing mediaeval Arab authors: the case of Abu l-Faraj and pseudo-Isfahani (Hilary Kilpatrick); The boys from Mezzoiuso: Muslim jizya-payers in Christian Sicily (Jeremy Johns); Mahfuz's urban battlegrounds (Robin Ostle); An overview of Ibadi tafsir (Kahlan al-Kharusi); Some reflections on the use of the Qur'an in monumental inscriptions in Syria and Palestine in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries (Carole Hillenbrand); Inscriptions of Companions of the Prophet in the Merv oasis (Venetia Porter).
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