The eighth-century Scholar-Sibawayhi is recognized as the first systematic grammarian of Arabic. Michael G. Carter discusses his life and background, his relationship with his teachers, the intellectual context of his grammatical theories, and how his general concept of language shaped his approach to Arabic.
In this remarkably lucid essay, addressed to the non-specialist, the author disentangles Bukhari's subtle handling and arrangement of his material, explaining how far his approach to questions about textual authenticity and authority differed from his predecessors and contemporaries.
Ibn Hajar was one of the most influential thinkers of the fifteenth century. His writings have become some of the most authoritative analysis of hadith and hadith transmitters. Additionally, his histories, autobiographies, and discussions of contemporary events form some of the most important source information on Islamic history during the Mamluk period.
As this timely study shows, Iqbal's commitment to integrating elements from Islamic and Western traditions makes him worthy of serious attention from students of religion, philosophy and other fields, and of particular relevance to the pressing concern to define common ground between those two traditions.
Sinan is generally considered the greatest of all Ottoman architects, and is the only Islamic architect outside Turkey whose name regularly appears beside the great architects of the European Renaissance and their successors.
Said Nursi (1876-1960) was the most influential figure in twentieth century Muslim scholarship. He was the founder of what is arguably Turkey's most important popular religious grouping, the Nur Movement ('Nurculuk'), which sought--and seeks--to foster Islamic sensibilities through a system of education based on Nursi's ideas
Abo Jafar Muhammad b. Jar'ir b. Yazid al-Tabari (c.223-310/839-923) was one of the most outstanding scholars of Abbasid Baghdad. Her produced works in the sciences of Prophetic tradition, Qur'anic exegesis, jurisprudence, history, theology, ethics and medicine, and was a master of Arabic linguistics and poetry.
Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273) is the most famous exponent of the mystical tradition in Islam and venerated as 'Mevlana', 'our master'. The still flourishing Mevlevi order of dervishes, famous for their ecstatic music and dance, was organized by his eldest son on the basis of Rumi's teaching and practice.
This book introduces the readers to the fascinating world of Mulla Sadra's thought, one of the most important figures of the later Islamic intellectual tradition. Sadra's "Transcendent Wisdom" is based on the fundamental insight that all things derive their reality and truth from the all-inclusive reality of existence.