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The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History

About: This article is published in Comparative Literature.The article was published on 1991-01-24. It has received 15 citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: Literary science & Literary criticism.
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01 Jan 2008
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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors combine new evidence from world history with postcolonial and materialist theory to develop an interdisciplinary model of dialectics in world politics, which explains the linked emergence of states, capitalist economies, material infrastructures, and cultural institutions.
Abstract: This essay combines new evidence from world history with postcolonial and materialist theory to develop an interdisciplinary model of dialectics in world politics. The argument is both theoretical and historical. Focused on the global field of empires jockeying in every period, whose material productions accrue over successive periods, the essay models an inter-imperial theory of political economy and culture (IIPEC), with attention to anti-imperial as well as imperial actors. The theory introduces three dialectical concepts (co-formation, co-production, and accretion), which explain the linked emergence of states, capitalist economies, material infrastructures, and cultural institutions. Applied to new historical data on states outside of Europe, including in ‘medieval’ periods, the IIPEC analysis reveals that these processes of linked emergence predate–and prepare–the rise of European nation-states. The IIPEC model thus reframes the Westphalian account of state formation within a transhemispheri...

24 citations


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  • ...Building on pioneering work by social scientists Hodgson (1963), McNeill (1963), and Abu-Lughod (1989), and cultural historians such as Lach (1965), Metlitzki (1977), Menocal (1987), and Correspondence Address: Laura Doyle, English Department, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA....

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01 Jan 2017
TL;DR: In this article, the authors compare The Passion of Pelagius and The Song of Roland in terms of their shared engagement with the Muslim other in the Iberian Peninsula, known during the Middle Ages as Al-Andalus.
Abstract: Title Chairperson: Dr. Ashby Kinch Hrotsvit of Gandersheim’s The Passion of Pelagius and The Song of Roland have never been read together in terms of their shared engagement with the Muslim other in the Iberian Peninsula, known during the Middle Ages as Al-Andalus. This project is a comparative reading of the texts’ approach to the presentation of an imaginary Al-Andalus as a space of alterity. The texts’ emphasis on imaginative as opposed to accurate portrayals of Andalusian history and Islamic culture suggests their engagement with a process of Christian identity-building, where the “Christian,” as portrayed in each text, is defined against and in comparison to the “Muslim,” as imagined. As such, this thesis examines the way the texts present the imaginary Al-Andalus as a staging area in which to interrogate both difference and an ideal Christian identity. The texts employ the space of alterity as one to define the Christian “self” in opposition to the Muslim “other;” however, in this space of alterity, the Christian must also confront the other’s likeness to the self. By employing existing scholarship on cloistered women’s communities and hagiography, this project argues that The Passion of Pelagius implicitly embraces the position of the female religious other even as it explicitly demonizes the figure of the Muslim other. The Song of Roland, meanwhile, reflects traditions of epic literature and chivalry to express ambivalence about the difference between Muslim and Frank, especially in terms of the poem’s vivid battle scenes.

13 citations

11 Jul 2013
TL;DR: In this article, the authors shed light on some of the intellectual and scientific contributions made by Muslim scholars, with emphasis on their achievements in the fields of mathematics, physics and medicine.
Abstract: The Qur’ān, which is the foundation of Islamic teachings, places great importance on the pursuit of knowledge. Muslim scholars in the past were very much aware of, and inspired by, the instruction given by Allah ( s.w.t. ) to pursue knowledge. They developed many ideas and theories in various fields of knowledge. This paper sheds light on some of the intellectual and scientific contributions made by Muslim scholars, with emphasis on their achievements in the fields of mathematics, physics and medicine. Keywords: Muslim scientists, natural science, contributions of Muslims to science. Abstrak Al-Qur’an sebagai pegangan asas bagi pengajaran Islam menekankan peri pentingnya mengejar ilmu pengetahuan. Sarjana Muslim masa lampau amat sedar tentang arahan ini yang disampaikan oleh Allah ( s. w. t. ) dan mereka sangat tertarik dengannya. Mereka telah berjaya mencetuskan banyak idea dan teori dalam pelbagai bidang ilmu pengetahuan. Kertas ini akan cuba memaparkan usaha dan kemajuan dalam beberapa bidang yang diterokai oleh sarjana Muslim. Namun, tumpuan akan diberi pada sumbangan sarjana Muslim dalam bidang Matematik, Fizik dan Perubatan sahaja. Dengan mengingati ketokohan dan sumbangan para sarjana Muslim ini, mudah-mudahan sarjana dalam masyarakat Muslim kini akan terdorong untuk berjaya. Kata kunci: saintis Muslim, sains tabii, sumbangan Muslim kepada sains

10 citations