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Cobb, Paul M. 1967-

Works: 20 works in 114 publications in 4 languages and 4,335 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Catalogs  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Paul M Cobb
The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades by Paul M Cobb( Book )

37 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Race for Paradise, Paul M. Cobb offers an accurate and accessible representation of the Islamic experience of the Crusades during the Middle Ages. Cobb overturns previous claims and presents new arguments, such as the idea that the Frankish invasions of the Near East were something of a side-show to the broader internal conflict between Sunnis and Shi'ites in the region. The Race for Paradise moves along two fronts as Cobb stresses that, for medieval Muslims, the contemporaneous Latin Christian expansion throughout the Mediterranean was seen as closely linked to events in the Levant. As a consequence of this expanded geographical range, the book takes a broader chronological range to encompass the campaigns of Spanish kings north of the Ebro and the Norman conquest of Sicily (beginning in 1060), well before Pope Urban II's famous call to the First Crusade in 1095. Finally, The Race for Paradise brilliantly combats the trend to portray the history of the Crusades, particularly the Islamic experience, in simplistic or binary terms. Muslims did not solely experience the Crusades as fanatical warriors or as helpless victims, Cobb writes; as with any other human experience of similar magnitude, the Crusades were experienced in a great variety of ways, ranging from heroic martyrdom, to collaboration, to utter indifference."--Publisher information
Umayyad legacies : medieval memories from Syria to Spain by Antoine Borrut( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Umayyads, the first dynasty of Islam, ruled over a vast empire from their central province of Syria, providing a line of caliphs from 661 to 750. Another branch later ruled in al-Andalus Islamic Spain from 756 to 1031, ruling first as emirs and then as caliphs themselves. This book is the first to bring together studies of this far-flung family and treat it not as two unrelated caliphates but as a single enterprise. Yet for all that historians have made note of Umayyad accomplishments in the Near East and al-Andalus, Umayyad legacies what later generations made of these caliphs and their a
The book of contemplation : Islam and the Crusades by Usāmah ibn Munqidh( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul M. Cobb's translation is accompanied by an introduction that places Usama's writings in their historical and literary context, explains the poetry of his language and examines the divisions between Islamic sects at the time. This edition also contains maps, a chronology of the author's life, a family tree, suggested further reading and a glossary."--Jacket
Usama ibn Munqidh : warrior-poet of the age of Crusades by Paul M Cobb( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Usama ibn Munqidh (1095-1188) was a Syrian poet and warrior whose life coincided with some of the most dramatic moments in Islamic history: the invasion of the Turks into the Middle East, the collapse of Shi'ite political power, and above all, the coming of the Crusades. Often at the frontline of such events whilst on military service representing one of his many lords, including on occasion the legendary Saladin, Usama was nonetheless best-known to his contemporaries as a poet." "Covering his exquisite anthologies of Arabic poetry, his witty and well-loved memoirs, and his political adventures, this comprehensive biography examines both the literary works of the famous "Arab-Syrian Gentleman" and the tumultuous life which inspired them. With a guide to further reading, a dynastic family tree and a glossary of the principal characters encountered in the book, it offers an indispensable window into Usama's life, times, and world of thought."--Jacket
The lineaments of Islam : studies in honor of Fred McGraw Donner by Paul M Cobb( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In honor of Fred M. Donner's distinguished career as an interpreter of early Islam, this volume collects more than a dozen studies by his students. They range over a wide array of sub-fields in Islamic studies, including Islamic history, histori
White banners : contention in ʻAbbāsid Syria, 750-880 by Paul M Cobb( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strategies of medieval communal identity : Judaism, Christianity and Islam( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The leading theme of this collection of essays and studies is the diversity of aspects of medieval communal identity. While the authors were selected for the very diversity of their interests, all of the studies in this volume touch upon one or more of the complex issues that lie at the heart of religious identity in the Middle Ages. They do so through concrete study of the very real practices by which medieval Jews, Christians and Muslims could police the perimeters of their spiritual communities. The authors were especially urged to note instances where religious identity was shaped without reference to dogmas, creeds, or sacred law. In no case are any of these papers satisfied with normative, legal definitions of Jew, Christian, or Muslim in medieval times. Sometimes small and subtle, sometimes explicit, dire, and violent, the techniques that emerge from these studies testify to the diversity of strategies of medieval communal identity over space and their changes over time."--Jacket
La conquista del Paradiso : una storia islamica delle crociate by Paul M Cobb( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in Italian and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fashioning Mongol identity in China (c. 1200-1368) by Eiren L Shea( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation considers the role that court dress played in the formation of Mongol cultural and political identity in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. By defining and analyzing the fashion system of the Mongol court principally in Yuan China, but also in Ilkhanid Iran, it demonstrates how the Mongols were able to manipulate symbols and ceremonies effectively via costume in the formation of their empire. Most art historical studies of the Yuan dynasty have focused on painting by Han Chinese "exiled" painters, ignoring Mongol contributions to the art and material culture of the dynasty. This dissertation initiates an understanding of the particular aesthetics of the Yuan dynasty, which incorporated diverse cultural traditions through textiles and dress. In addition, as no systematic study of Mongol dress has been written, this is the first such study that brings together analysis of the decorative motifs, weave structures, and tailoring of excavated costumes and textiles, alongside pictorial representations and contemporary textual descriptions. To understand the genesis and development of the Mongol courtly vestimentary system, which evolved in such a short period of time, antecedents from the Steppe, Central Asia, China, and the Islamic world are considered. Concordances and discrepancies among this evidence allow for hypotheses about what the Mongol court actually wore, how it wished to be portrayed, and how others saw it. These hypotheses reveal much about the aspirations of the Mongol empire on one hand, and the anxieties they elicited, on the other
From Text to law: Islamic legal theory and the practical hermeneutics of Abu Ja 'Far Ahmad Al-Tahawi (D. 321/933) by Carolyn Anne Brunelle( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars of Islamic law point to the absence of any extant work of legal theory between the Risāla of al-Shāfi‘ī and the Fusūl of al-Jassās as a major barrier to reconstructing the history of Islamic legal thought. However, careful analysis of three major works of the Hanafī jurist al-Tahāwī, Ahkām al-Qur’ān, Sharh ma‘ānī al-āthār and Sharh mushkil al-āthār, reveals the existence of myriad brief passages elaborating questions of legal theory scattered throughout their many volumes. This study reconstructs the legal thought of al-Tahāwī as a window onto legal theory in the late 3rd/9th and early 4 th/10th centuries, a crucial period of transformation between late formative and post-formative Islamic law. It argues that al-Tahāwī’s works are not direct precursors to the genre of usūl al-fiqh, but instead represent a different, previously unrecognized, type of intellectual and literary activity. This activity, here termed practical hermeneutics, is concerned with demonstrating in detail how individually coherent rules of law may be derived from the often messy texts of revelation. The integrated reading of al-Tahāwī’s entire hermeneutical corpus uncovers several areas in which his legal thought departs quite notably from that of other jurists, suggesting that al-Tahāwī was neither as dependent on al-Shafi‘ī nor as closely related to mature usūl al-fiqh as has been suggested in previous studies. Most crucially, al-Tahāwī’s works unsettle accepted accounts of Islamic legal theory which assign varying levels of authority to a series of clearly distinguished legal sources—Qur’ān, Sunna, consensus, etc. This study demonstrates that, in contrast to both al-Shāfi‘ī and later usūlīs, al-Tahāwī’s legal thought blurs boundaries between these categories and instead rests upon an underlying binary concept of legal authority which draws a crucial distinction between knowledge that might permissibly be reached by inference, and knowledge that can only have come from revelation. The authority that al-Tahāwī grants any given source is therefore not a function of its formal characteristics, but rather the result of his own judgment about content and origins
The Sufi as the Axis of the world: representations of religious authority in the works of Ismail Hakki Bursevi (1653-1725) by Kameliya Atanasova( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present study examines the ways in which Ismail Hakki Bursevi (1653–1725) (re)defines and deploys Islamic discursive practices and institutions to assert his religious authority as the most influential Sufi master in the Celveti order after its founder. Through a literary analysis of Bursevi’s autobiographical notes and dedicatory treatises (tuhfe) to Ottoman officials, I examine how he uses the institutions of the Sufi master (shaykh ), order (tarīqa), and the Celestial Axis (qutb) to argue for his superior status vis-à-vis other members of the Ottoman religious and learned elite. I speculate argue that the particulars of Hakki’s self-representation can be viewed as early indications of institutional anxiety and contested leadership within the Celveti Sufi order, which split into subbranches in the latter part of the eighteenth century
Islamic studies at the Oriental Institute Research Archives : a guide to resources by University of Chicago( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Kampf ums Paradies by Paul M Cobb( Book )

in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Die Geschichte der Kreuzzüge ist eine durch die christliche Brille bzw. Chronistik gefärbte. Doch was bedeuteten die Kreuzzüge für die islamische Welt? Wie prägten sie die Beziehungen von Christen und Muslimen? Der renommierte Historiker Paul M. Cobb, Professor für islamische Geschichte an der University of Pennsylvania, unternimmt einen spannenden Perspektivwechsel: aus der Perspektive der Muslime von Cordoba bis Bagdad, von Palermo bis Kairo, von Jerusalem bis Damaskus und auf Basis arabischer Quellen
[Book Review] Diem, Werner. Arabische Privatbriefe des 9. bis 15. Jahrhunderts aus der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Wien [...] by Paul M Cobb( )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists: Vol. 35, No. 1-2 (1998)
Saladin, the Sultan and his times, 1138-1193 by Hannes Möhring( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Known to the west as "the noble heathen," the great Muslim emperor Saladin led Arab forces in the reconquest of the Crusader kingdoms and captured Jerusalem in 1187. This concise history traces Saladin's role in the contest between Islam and Christianity during the twelfth century. Tracing the Sultan's life from the rise of the Crusader States through his triumph over the Franks to the Third Crusade, Möhring elucidates the emperor's accomplishments in uniting the Arab lands of the Middle East, his enlightened relationship with European opponents, and the unique legacy of his rule in the Middle East and beyond. This faithful English-language translation also includes an introduction that places Saladin in his geographic, political, and cultural context
[Book Review] Diem, Werner. Arabische amtliche Briefe des 10. bis 16. Jahrhunderts aus der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Wien by Paul M Cobb( )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Umayyad legacies( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Book Review] Diem, Werner. Arabische Privatbriefe des 9. bis 15. Jahrhunderts aus der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Wien by Paul M Cobb( )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

(Dlps) article: 0599796.0035.001:10
The Muslim world in the age of the Crusades : Studies and texts( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Holy wars by John Carroll University( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sessions will start with a discussion of war and jsutice to be followed by lectures on the medieval Crusades, considering both the ideals of western crusaders and the perspectives of Muslim antagonists. Centuries later, the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), begun in the name of holy causes, closed the Reformation era. The final lecture will examine the religious intensities of factionsin the contemporary Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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The book of contemplation : Islam and the Crusades
The book of contemplation : Islam and the CrusadesUsama ibn Munqidh : warrior-poet of the age of CrusadesWhite banners : contention in ʻAbbāsid Syria, 750-880Strategies of medieval communal identity : Judaism, Christianity and IslamSaladin, the Sultan and his times, 1138-1193Umayyad legacies
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Cobb, Paul

Paul M. Cobb American historian

Paul M. Cobb historien américain