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Tabari By Ulrika Martensson (Makers of Islamic Civilization)
[9781848851856 I#5489 1Q2 PB 184pp OUP, Life and Work Biography Medieval historian Thoughts]

Tabari By Ulrika Martensson (Makers of Islamic Civilization)

Tabari (Makers of Islamic Civilization Series)
By Ulrika Martensson 
Paperback 184 Pages
ISBN : 9781848851856
Publisher : Oxford University Press (OUP) 

About The Book

Medieval historian al-Tabari (c. 828-923 CE) was a brilliant scholar of 'Abbasid Baghdad who wrote extensively in all fields of the Islamic science of his day: historiography, scriptural interpretation and jurisprudence. His massive "History of the Messengers and Kings" is the primary source for the information that we have about Sasanian Persia and the first three centuries of Islam. As well as being a historical record of outstanding importance, it is also of the greatest interest for what is says about the principles of good Islamic governance. 

In a concise overview of his life, thought and major writings, Ulrika Martensson explores the philosophy and methodology than underpin Tabari's thinking, and places his work in the context of the complex - and sometimes administratively heterogeneous - society that comprised the Abbasid Caliphate. 

Tabari's argument that effective government is dependent on merit, not preferment, and on the separation of political and religious authority, is shown to have much contemporary resonance for Muslims.

About The Author

Ulrika Martensson lectures in Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is the author of Discourse and Historical Analysis: The Case of al-Tabari's History (2005), The Power of Subject: Weber, Foucault and Islam (2007) and The Persuasive Argument: A Study of Aristotle's Politics and Rhetoric in the Qur'an and al-Tabari's Commentary (2008).


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