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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 516: Cities and Scholars in the Islamic World

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Ann R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Fozia Bora, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 516-aDescriptions of Cities in al-Muqaddasi and Ibn Hawqal
(Language: English)
Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 516-bPolitical Quietism in the Hadith Corpus: A Case Study
(Language: English)
Marjan Asi, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures - Islamic & Middle East Studies, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Theology

Cities and the scholars who worked in them were memorialised in several different genres. This session will present examples of three of them. The first paper presents Islamic writing on cities through the work of two 10th-century CE geographers. The second speaker analyses the work of three scholars active in the Iraqi city of Kufa in the second century of Islam who disseminated a particular Prophetic narration. The third speaker introduced an anthology of Andalusian poets and their works whose underlying narrative may have been very different from that of the previous two, influenced by the Berber dynasty who now ruled al-Andalus.