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On the Great Scholar Patricia Crone and the Origins of Persian Islam. » Ferdowsi’s Legacy: Examining Persian Nationalist Myths of the Shahnameh Ajam Media Collective. A tribute to Ajam Media Collective’s name and inspiration, this post was written by Ajam’s editors, Alex Shams, Rustin Zarkar, and Beeta Baghoolizadeh.

» Ferdowsi’s Legacy: Examining Persian Nationalist Myths of the Shahnameh Ajam Media Collective

Photographs by Preethi Nallu originally published in Al Akhbar English, republished with author permission. Calligraphy on the exterior of Ferdowsi’s mausoleum. Photo by Preethi Nallu. Epic literature occupies a key role in formulating and maintaining cohesive national and cultural identities– elucidating the spirit and values of a society as well as exploring mythic and historical origins.

Works of epic literature are often retroactively embedded with political meaning, particularly after the rise of ethnic nationalisms in the 19th and 20th centuries. Central Asia and the Persianate World. From the political dissolution of the Abbasid Caliphate in the mid-ninth century to the beginning of the thirteenth century, the Persianate dynasties of Islamic Central Asia constituted the political and military stronghold of Sunni Islam.

Central Asia and the Persianate World

It was in this region, historically known as Khurasan and Transoxiana, that many of the important religious and cultural developments of Islamic civilisation took place. The region first gave rise to the Abbasid Revolution, provided the troops for its success, and supplied the military slaves and auxiliaries that led to its political dissolution. 10 Must-Read Female Writers from the Middle East. Layla Baalbaki Widely acknowledged to be a pioneer in women's writing in the Middle-East, Layla Baalbaki was one of the first writers to give women a voice in Arab literature, focusing primarily on female issues and concerns.

10 Must-Read Female Writers from the Middle East

Her 1958 novel I Live is a work far ahead of its time, revolving around a young Lebanese woman as she attempts to negotiate her place in the world, striving for political, social and financial independence. Mapping the Ottomans. Simple paradigms of Muslim-Christian confrontation and the rise of Europe in the seventeenth century do not suffice to explain the ways in which European mapping envisioned the “Turks” in image and narrative.

Mapping the Ottomans

Islamic Books. Islamic Books. Ancient Iran and Islamic Identity. موقع تحميل كتب PDF مجانا. Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR): New from the Oriental Institute: The Mosaics of Khirbet el-Mafjar: Hisham's Palace. The Mosaics of Khirbet el-Mafjar: Hisham's Palace Download Terms of Use.

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR): New from the Oriental Institute: The Mosaics of Khirbet el-Mafjar: Hisham's Palace

Marion Holmes Katz, "Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice" Columbia University Press, 2014. Why Jihadists Write Poetry. On October 11, 2014, according to Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts a woman going by the name Ahlam al-Nasr was married in the courthouse of Raqqa, Syria, to Abu Usama al-Gharib, a Vienna-born jihadi close to the movement’s leadership.

Why Jihadists Write Poetry

ISIS social media rarely make marriage announcements, but al-Nasr and al-Gharib are a jihadi power couple. Al-Gharib is a veteran propagandist, initially for Al Qaeda and now for ISIS. Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s The Venture of Islam – By Bruce B. Lawrence - The Marginalia Review of Books. Marshall Hodgson was both a genius and a visionary.

Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s The Venture of Islam – By Bruce B. Lawrence - The Marginalia Review of Books

While he may have seemed to be just another university professor, at once restless, innovative, and genial, he was also an academic Übermensch with a global agenda. He wanted to change the world by changing the way we saw, understood, and engaged Islam within world history. Born in 1922, he was drafted but as a Quaker refused to fight in World War II. After serving five years in detention camp, he returned to school, graduating from the University of Chicago with a PhD in the early 1950s. Inan The Effects. Bread from the Lion's Mouth : BERGHAHN BOOKS : Oxford, New York : Celebrating 21 Years of Independent Publishing!

Summer Reading List « Ballandalus. These are some books I’m planning to read over the summer.

Summer Reading List « Ballandalus

I figured I’d share in case anyone else was looking for some summer reading. Please recommend additional titles if they come to mind. 1) Philippe Buc, Holy War, Martyrdom and Terror: Christianity, Violence and the West. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 2) Allan Megill, Historical Knowledge, Historical Error: A Contemporary Guide to Practice. 3) Joseph A. 4) Asma Sayeed, Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam. 5) Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism. A World of Beasts: A Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Arabic Book on Animals (the Kitāb Na‘t al-Ḥayawān) in the Ibn Bakhtīshū‘ Tradition. Biographical note Anna Contadini, PhD (1992) in Islamic Art, SOAS, London University, is currently Reader in Islamic Art at SOAS.

A World of Beasts: A Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Arabic Book on Animals (the Kitāb Na‘t al-Ḥayawān) in the Ibn Bakhtīshū‘ Tradition

7 Arab books you should read in 2015. The Book of the Sultan’s Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars, by Youssef Rakha, trans.

7 Arab books you should read in 2015

Paul Starkey. Interlink. Arabic Literature (in English) تحميل روايات عربية pdf مجانا Arab novels. قصيدة حزينة في رثاء القدس، لنزار قباني - منتديات عقدة الحكامية. رثاء المدن - أحمد مجاهد. يعد الرثاء واحدا من الأغراض الموضوعية الشهيرة فى الشعر العربى، وهو يقوم على البكاء على الميت وعد محاسنه. أما رثاء المدن فهو تنويع موضوعى جديد ظهر فى العصر العباسى، حيث يقول عز الدين إسماعيل إن المدينة فى العصر العباسى قد صارت تمثل كيانا له معنى ووجود فى نفوس أهلها، وإن أهلها صاروا تربطهم بها روابط كثيرة مادية ومعنوية، فتولد فى نفوسهم شعور إنسانى نبيل إزاء المدينة عبروا عنه فى صدق وحرارة عندما رأوا الخراب والدمار يحل بها، كأنهم فقدوا عزيزا لديهم.

وهكذا برز فى العصر العباسى إطار جديد للرثاء، وهو رثاء المدن. وقد كان جديدا بكل معانى الكلمة، إذ إن علاقة الإنسان بالمدينة لم تتوطد بالشكل الذى توطدت به فى العصر العباسى، كما أن المدن الإسلامية لم تشهد قبل هذا العصر ما شهدته بعض مدن العراق من الدمار والتخريب. Niqash - society - street poets: starting iraq’s cultural revolution on the corner. Niqash | Faris Harram | Najaf | 12.10.2011 Rather than turning to graffiti to gain a mass audience, one Najaf poet* launched a series of literary readings on the street. In this way, he hopes to get more Arabs reading and revive the country’s cultural life. As I focussed utterly on my friend’s face, I completely forgot what we were doing: namely, dragging a huge, oversized table around the central part of Najaf city, in southern Iraq, searching for a suitable place on the street to put it down. A street, which would soon be crowded with people. ملک الشعرا بهار malekolshoara Bahar.

آثار بهار از نظر کمیت بی شمارند و به لحاظ درون مایه طیف گسترده ای را در بر می گیرند. Arabicpoems. New Texts Out Now: Vijay Prashad, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. Vijay Prashad, editor, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. London and New York: Verso, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Vijay Prashad (VP): Slowly, surely, the apparent consensus around US support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine seems to be breaking.

There was a time when it was impossible to have a rational conversation about Israeli policy in the US, with large sections of people taking the view that criticism of Israel was off-limits. My friend Alexander Cockburn used to say that censure of Israeli policy was the third rail of US politics. Over the course of the past decade, several factors changed the US response to Israel. "No Ordinary Place: Writers and Writing in Occupied Palestine," Rima Najjar Merriman. Like all Palestinians who have lived in historic Palestine since its fragmentation in 1948, Palestinian writers face enormous day-to-day challenges.

Four contemporary Palestinian writers living in the occupied West Bank—Mahmoud Shukair, Suad Amiri, Sahar Khalifa, and Raja Shehadeh—are meeting these challenges, each with a unique and powerful voice. In Palestinian writing, the historical, the political and the literary are inextricably entwined. The Arabic novel in general has had a history of transgression against the repressive regimes whose demise the world has recently witnessed. AlKarmel. Re-Discovering Identity: A Study on the Theme of Resistance in Ghassan Kanafani's Selected Novels by Shafeeq Hussain Vazhathodi Al-Hudawi. Representation and Resistance: A Cultural, Social, and Political Perplexity in Post-Colonial Literature. John Yang, English 119, Brown University, 1999.