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My blog explores whatever intellectual issues catches my fancy. Much of my work is original research, but I do occasionally review published research.
Disengagement from India in the ancient Islamic world more plausibly resulted from reconfiguration of scholarly interests than from deep cultural differences.... Read more »
Al-Jahiz's attacks on tedious and repulsive scholarly disputes and his formulation of much more hospitable alternatives are serious scholarly work.... Read more »
Behzadi, Lale. (2009) Al-Jahiz and his Successors on Communication and the Levels of Language. Heinemann, Arnim, Manfred Kropp, Tarif Khalidi, and John Lash Meloy. 2009. Al-Jāḥiẓ: a Muslim humanist for our time. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag in Kommission, 125-132. info:/
An early Arabic poem -- Buthaynah and Jamīl's conversation on aging -- works to redeem Roman love elegy in exquisite, humane poetic truth.... Read more »
The story of Aziz and Aziza from the Arabian Nights outrageously re-arranges the romance of Daphnis and Chloe from an ancient Greek novel. ... Read more »
In the 11th century, the eminent physicians ibn Butlān and ibn Ridwān viciously disputed the question "which is warmer, the chick or the chicken?"... Read more »
Conrad, Lawrence I. (1995) Scholarship and social context: a medical case from the eleventh-century Near East. Bates, Donald G., ed. Knowledge and the scholarly medical traditions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., 84-100. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511621666.005
Apollonius of Tyre, like Arabian Nights, is patterned text. A medical student's affair with a girl's corpse is an entertaining relational-textual feature.... Read more »
Hamori, Andras. (1983) A Comic Romance from the Thousand and One Nights: The Tale of Two Viziers. Arabica, 30(1), 38-56. DOI: 10.1163/157005883X00021
In the Shahnameh, Nahid's bad breath brings Alexander the Great to Greece. Al-Jahiz's claim that Persian men have sex with women with bad breath is undone. ... Read more »
Fischman, Stuart. (1997) The history of oral hygiene products: how far have we come in 6000 years?. Periodontology 2000, 15(1), 7-14. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0757.1997.tb00099.x
An aretalogy fragment from the early Abbasid caliphate features the Christian physician Yūhannā ibn Māsawayhi, known also for being crude and impious.... Read more »
Amid vigorous, decentralized visual-spiritual competition across ancient Asia, the story of Jesus, not spiritual use of images, distinguished "The Way."... Read more »
Parry, Ken. (2012) The Art of the Christian Remains at Quanzhou. Lieu, Samuel N. C. 2012. Medieval Christian and Manichaean remains from Quanzhou (Zayton). Turnhout: Brepols. info:/
Ibn Sīnā' apparently wrote his Treatise on Love quickly and relatively thoughtlessly for a monetary commission.... Read more »
Fackenheim, Emil L. (1945) A Treatise on Love by Ibn Sina. Mediaeval Studies, 7(1), 208-228. info:/
Present-day U.S. prosecutors dispense criminal justice much more like King Louis IX in 13th-century France than like a qadi in the ancient Islamic world.... Read more »
Dripps, Donald A. (2005) Overcriminalization, Discretion, Waiver: A Survey of Possible Exit Strategies. Penn State Law Review, 1155-1179. info:/
Intense literary status competition in the ancient Islamic world created considerable misery among literary writers.... Read more »
Bonebakker, Seeger A. (2001) The Misery of the Men of Letters: Some Quotations from their Poetry. Quaderni di Studi Arabi, 147-161. info:/
Gog and Magog, Alexander the Great's wall, and a great wall in China coalesced in an official report to Abbasid Caliph al-Wathiq about 845.... Read more »
Donzel, E. J. van, Andrea B. Schmidt, and Claudia Ott. (2009) Gog and Magog in early Syriac and Islamic sources: Sallam's quest for Alexander's wall. Leiden: Brill. info:/
Al-Biruni's understanding of human natures and human history engaged with his knowledge of sacred words in his truth-seeking.... Read more »
Starr, S Frederick. (2009) Rediscovering Central Asia. The Wilson Quarterly, 33-43. info:/
In al-Biruni view, Muslim scholars should study Hindu thought and be no more concerned Hindu idolatry than about similar Greco-Roman idolatry. ... Read more »
Friedmann, Yohanan. (1972) The temple of Multan: a note on early Muslim attitudes to idolatry. Israel Oriental Studies, 176-182. info:/
Via Armenian captive's dialogue with infidel women, Matthew of Edessa points to capabilities of eye and ear beyond grand public prophecy and chronicle. ... Read more »
MacEvitt, Christopher. (2007) The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa: Apocalypse, the First Crusade, and the Armenian Diaspora. Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 157-181. info:/
The Sackler's exhibit Roads of Arabia shows culturally developed ancient Arabian societies built upon incense trade, then extended to Islamic pilgrimage.... Read more »
Ghabbān, ʻAlī ibn Ibrāhīm. (2010) Roads of Arabia: archaeology and history of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Paris: Somogy Art Publishers. info:/
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