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The Prophet's ascension : cross-cultural encounters with the Islamic mi'rāj tales

Author: Christiane J Gruber; Frederick Stephen Colby
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The tales of the mi'raj describe the prophet Muhammad's journey through the heavens, his encounters with prophets and angels, and his visit to heaven and hell. The tales are among Islam's most popular, appearing in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish literature, and in later adaptations throughout the Muslim world. Often serving as narratives designed to promote the worldview of particular Muslim groups, the tales were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Muḥammad, Prophet; Mohammed.; Muḥammad, Prophet
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christiane J Gruber; Frederick Stephen Colby
ISBN: 9780253353610 0253353610
OCLC Number: 313659359
Description: xi, 389 pages, 32 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: The formation of miʻrāj narratives as missionary texts --
Tours of hell and punishments of sinners in miʻrāj narratives: use and meaning of eschatology in Muḥammad's ascension / Roberto Tottoli --
The Ilkhanid miʻrājnāma as an illustrated Sunni prayer manual / Christiane Gruber --
The Jews at the edge of the world in a Timurid-era miʻrājnāma: the islamic ascension narrative as missionary text / Maria Subtelny --
The Chaghatay miʻrājnāma attributed to Ḥakīm Süleymān Ata: a missionary text from the twelfth or thirteenth century preserved in modern manuscripts / Max Scherberger --
Contesting the eschaton in medieval Iberia: the polemical intersection of Beatus of Liébana's commentary on the apocalypse and the Prophet's miʻrājnāma / Heather M. Coffey --
The adaptation of miʻrāj narratives in esoteric and literary contexts --
The early Imami Shi'i narratives and contestation over intimate colloquy scenes in Muḥammad's miʻrāj / Frederick Colby --
Prophetic ascent and the initiatory ascent in Qāḍī al-Nuʻmān's Asās al-ta'wīl / Elizabeth R. Alexandrin --
Miʻrāj and the language of legitimation in the medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophical traditions: a case study of Avicenna and Abraham ibn Ezra / Aaron W. Hughes --
Pious journey, sacred desire: observations on the miʻrāj in early Anatolian Turkish verse narratives / Selim S. Kuru --
Skepticism and forgiveness: the miʻrāc in Veysī's Dürretü t-tāc / Gottfried Hagen --
Mystical love, prophetic compassion, and ethics: an ascension narrative in the medieval Bengali Nabīvaṃśa of Saiyad Sultān / Ayesha Irani --
Persian illustrated lithographed books on the miʻrāj: improving children's Shi'i beliefs in the Qajar period / Ali Boozari --
The miʻrāj as performance and ritual --
Reading the miʻrāj account as a theatrical performance: the case of --
Maʻārij al-nubuwwa / Özgen Felek --
Reworking the ascension in Ottoman lands: an eighteenth-century miʻrājnāma in Greek from Epirus / Phokion P. Kotzageorgis --
Shāh Ismāʻīl Ṣafevī and the miʻrāj: Haṭā'ī's vision of a sacred assembly / Amelia Gallagher --
When the prophet went on the miraç he saw a lion on the road: the miraç in the Alevi-Bektaşi tradition / Vernon Schubel.
Responsibility: edited by Christiane Gruber and Frederick Colby.
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