Patricia Crone & Michael Cook HAGARISM The Making of the Islamic World HAGARISM THE MAKING OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD PATRICIA CRONE SENIOR . A classic revisionist work on the formation of Islam. Hagarism; The Making Of The Islamic World Crone, Cook. by Patricia Crone. Publication. This is a paperback edition of a controversial study of the origins of Islamic civilisation, first published in By examining non-Muslim sources, the authors.

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Already under hagarisj Parthians the Shahanshahs tended to demand religious conformity in return for political significance ; 72 and under the Sasanids they did so systematically, thus imposing a Persian truth on an Assyrian identity. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Related articles in Google Scholar. Consultation of a rather inaccessible Syriac manuscript was made possible by a grant from the British Academy and gready facilitated by the kindness of Father William Macomber and Dr J.

It was possible to give this status more precise definition by invoking the notion of a revivalist messenger sent to restore the religion of Abraham. Without an ethnicity, without a Jahiliyya, and without an Athens, they had nothing to be, to mourn or to love this side of the Garden of Eden.

Unlike the Ptolemies who could rule Egypt with an Alexandria against Memphis and a Ptolemais against Thebes, the Seleucids had to build a city for every city king; and where the native ethnicity of 6o The Near-Eastern provinces Egypt could threaten to absorb the Greeks, the native ethnicities of Syria could only lose their individualities to merge as Aramean in contradistinc- tion to the Greeks.

David and Dirar b. The dilemma of the Syrians was thus analogous to that of their Punic cousins in North Africa, who had similarly managed to hang on to a tenuous ethnic and linguistic distinctiveness without much else: But given the fragmented character of the traditions they represented, and their full exposure to Hellenism, their ability to conserve the native identity was necessarily a very limited one.

More generally, the espousal of the Pentateuch without the prophets defined an attitude to the question of religious authority, at least in its scriptural form, which was polemically viable in the monotheist world.


The warmth of the Jewish reaction to the Arab invasion attested by the Doctrina 25 and exemplified by the ‘Secrets’ is far less in evidence in later Jewish attitudes.

Philoxenus was hardly the only defender of reason in Syria, but equally Rabbula was not the only obscurantist: The problem is that there is no one replacement of polytheism in these two roles. Culturally, the inherent universality of Hellenistic civilisation had of course been demonstrated by its adoption on the part of the Romans.

And for all their quietism, they retained a residual zealotism which even among the Imamis could in due course be activated by the menace of infidel rule. Kharijism did of course in general accept the imamate — what concrete alternative did Judaism have to offer? But again, the Islamic development is twofold: In con- ceptual terms the key to their suvival lay in the primitive religious identity already delineated in Judeo-Hagarism, and in particular in the Prophet’s invocation of the God of Abraham in order qorld present an alien mono- theism to the Arabs as their ancestral faith.


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First, makig Islamic law is marked by the prominence of the term ra’y in the senses of ‘opinion’ of an individual or ‘reasoning’ in general Schacht, Origins, pp. Frandsen and Professor A.

The possibility thus arises that the immediate background to the explicit rejection of the oral tradition in both Judaism and Islam was thee Jewish but Islamic. Only love the God of Abraham, go and take possession of your country which God gave to your father Abraham, and none will be able to resist you in the struggle, for God is with you. Two arguments indicate that we cannot, and that instead we have to identify the Kenite with the Arabs themselves.

Equally the exodus into the desert with which the story begins aorld plausibly be seen as the enactment of a well-established messianic fantasy. But in Babylonia itself the key value of religious politics was a dispirited perpetuation of the quietism of the rabbis in the face of an alien or desanctified state. In the first place the patriarchate of Antioch was no monarchy: There are thus strong grounds for suspecting the anti-Arab interpretation of Num.


However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. Further, it is to the reign of ‘Abd al- Malik that recent research has traced the origins of Islamic theology. Farzana rated it it was amazing Sep 11, You could not be signed in. As such it is unique in history.

Patricia Crone Michael Cook. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Don’t have an account? Judaic redemption had subsequently given way to the Samaritan caiques: On both sides we find the idea that custom can abrogate law compare the set phrase minhag mevattel halakba with Schacht, Origins, pp.

Hagarism; The Making Of The Islamic World Crone, Cook

The Prophet like Moses ; 4. Segal for teaching us Syriac, and Dr D. Of the three parts that comprise the book, it is the first part that receives the most attention and controversy from reviewers of the book.

Publisher Synopsis ‘The authors’ erudition is quite extraordinary, their industry everywhere evident, their prose ebullient. The Greeks, for all their possession of the tide-deeds to the culture, could never quite lose their political provinciality ; and the Romans, for all the felicity of their evolution from city state to empire, could never quite live down their cultural provinciality.

Their work was acknowledged as raising some interesting questions and being a fresh approach in its reconstruction of early Islamic history, but it was described by Josef van Ess as an experiment.