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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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Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World

In con- ceptual terms the key to their suvival lay in jagarism primitive religious identity already delineated in Judeo-Hagarism, and in particular in the Prophet’s invocation of the God of Abraham in order to present an alien mono- theism to the Arabs as their ancestral faith.

Dr Sebastian Brock, Mr G. Philoxenus was hardly the only defender of reason in Syria, but equally Rabbula was not the only obscurantist: Please enter your name. Malika rated it liked it Oct 18, But if the Syrians had possessed an identity solidly anchored in one polity, ethnicity, past or ethnic god, or in all four in the manner of the Jews, they would hardly have had such a disproportionate share in the Graeco-Roman age of anxiety.

It is not therefore surprising that the makinng relationship between the Zoroastrian cosmos and that of the Greeks or the Indians is in the last resort less striking than the analogous relationship between the Zoroastrian God and that of the Hebrews. Mu’awiya may have worn no crown, but he did not wish to return to the seat of Muhammad.

Hagarism; The Making Of The Islamic World Crone, Cook

This strained exercise in Biblical philo- logy might of course be nothing more than an instance of inveterate Samaritan antiquarianism. In particular, polytheism is neither unitary enough to provide a really drastic articulation of the subjective solidarity of a people, nor sweeping enough to provide a really penetrating account of the objective nature of a universe.

In the first place, Joshua was not just the successor of Moses, but his only successor. Even though Crone and Cook accept that such a solution was not sustainable in that it would have resulted with the conversion of the believer to the Christianity, it still does not seem reasonable to accept that the Believers exhibited such openness or, rather, pragmatism in giving away or embracing some essential tenets of other monotheist religions.


th The fate of antiquity II: Both the Assyrian and the Babylonian churches, however, differed from that of Egypt in being aristocratically orientated ; the first because its Assyrian identity was vested in a native aristocracy, the second because the disinvestment from a native identity permitted a full acceptance of Persian aristocratic values.

The American Islqmic ReviewVol. Judaism and literacy in pre-Islamic Medina Yatrib ” continued this approach. It was therefore possible to defend the oral tradition item by item, tracing back each individual element to the Prophet with some suitable chain of authorities [imad.

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It was again in Iraq that the messiah returned as the mahdi. Through their habit of up-dating Biblical place-names, the Targums provided versions of Genesis in which the wanderings of the key figures — Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael — were transposed onto north-west Arabia. Where the fundamentalists “have failed to reduce Muslim mishna to midrash, the traditionists were able to glorify it by o multiplication of imads: The full-blooded revival of the tradition at the hands of the Sasanids was of course a less pre- dictable outcome — they did not have to set about so single-minded a restoration of what they believed the Macedonians to have overthrown.

The context in which this break actually occurred may well have been the central symbolic act of the messianic programme, the restoration of the Temple.

And for another, when it came to taking the masses in hand, the Epicureans were in practice as ataractic as the Stoics were apathetic. But 48 The Near-Eastern provinces the city state had remained the concrete embodiment of the Greek way of life, and just as the Greeks could anachronistically define politics as a matter of Greek cities until the third century, so they could define culture as a matter of the Greek way hagafism life until the demise of the city state made Greek thought patently available for all.

worldd This paperback edition will make the authors’ conclusions widely accessible to teachers and students of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. The Arabian islmic had to advance beyond his comfortably parochial role into the islamid heights of scriptural revelation: Refresh and try again. In the second place, Yahweh ‘s ethnic past lay outside the civilisation which had now adopted him.

Assyria, which had neither the fabled wealth nor the strategic importance of; Babylon, had been left virtually alone by the Achaemenids and Seleucids; 66 condemned to oblivion by the outside world, it could re- collect its own glorious past in a certain tranquillity.


I think the book goes from the realm of history books to the realm of fantazy. To this end, the authors have researched quite In Hagarism: The polity itself had long disappeared, but ilamic memory remained, most vividly in the restorationist aspirations of messianism. To that extent the difference between the Judaic and Islamic rejections is simply that where the former finds its stuffing in Qumranic messianism, 23 the latter finds it in Greek rationalism.

It is true of course that the Christians acquired something of the Hellenic contempt for barbarians and idiotai; but they nonetheless remained fishers of men with no intention of letting the lesser fry slip through, and in a Christian context the dismissiveness of the Greeks became a patronising concern for islxmic needs of simpler souls.

In Iran, by contrast, the twinship of religion and kingship was historically aboriginal and doctrinally unproblematic; and wolrd legitimation of the monarchic government of a settled society carried with it the legitimation of the aristocratic substructure that goes with it. Also available at Washburn Lawp. Farzana rated it it was islamiv Sep 11, This meant, of course, that Syria was in even less of a position to nourish hopes of political — as opposed to eschatological — secession from the Roman Empire: Given that, however, their messianism was the defining attribute of their religion and it was deeply connected to the quest for Canaan, which made this messianism Jewish, the Believers needed now to break this connection.

The Middle East Quarterly. In the short run, the rabbinical back- ground helps to explain the emergence in the strongly Judaic milieu of Iraq of a movement which stripped the imamate of its priestly character. Now it makes good historical sense to suppose that the Prophet initiated the invasion of Palestine from some Arabian base.

Segal for teaching us Syriac, and Dr D. The Islamic tradition preserves some evidence of Hagarene inventiveness in this context: