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

Author: Christiane J Gruber; Frederick Stephen Colby; Indiana University Press.
Publisher: Bloomington, Ind. ; Indianopolis, Ind. : Indiana University Press, cop. 2010.
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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. This book discusses the formation of  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christiane J Gruber; Frederick Stephen Colby; Indiana University Press.
ISBN: 9780253353610 0253353610
OCLC Number: 852983023
Description: XI, [3], 389 s., [32] s. tabl. kolor. : il. ; 27 cm
Contents: ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1. The Formation of Mi'raj Narratives as Missionary Texts 1. Tours of Hell and Punishments of Sinners in Mi'raj Narratives: Use and Meaning of Eschatology in Muhammad's Ascension / Roberto Tottoli 2. The Ilkhanid Mi'rajnama as an Illustrated Sunni Prayer Manual / Christiane Gruber 3. The Jews at the Edge of the World in a Timurid-Era Mi'rajnama: The Islamic Ascension Narrative as Missionary Text / Maria E. Subtelny 4. The Chaghatay Mi'rajnama Attributed to Hakim Suleyman Ata: A Missionary Text from the Twelfth or Thirteenth Century Preserved in Modern Manuscripts / Max Scherberger 5. Contesting the Eschaton in Medieval Iberia: The Polemical Intersection of Beatus of Liebana's Commentary on the Apocalypse and the Prophet's Mi'rajnama / Heather M. CoffeyPart 2. The Adaptation of Mi'raj Narratives in Esoteric and Literary Contexts 6. Early Imami Shi'i Narratives and Contestation over Intimate Colloquy Scenes in Muhammad's Mi'raj / Frederick Colby 7. Prophetic Ascent and the Initiatory Ascent in Qadi al-Nu'man's Asas al-Ta'wil / Elizabeth R. Alexandrin 8. Mi'raj 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 9. Pious Journey, Sacred Desire: Observations on the Mi'raj in Early Anatolian Turkish Verse Narratives / Selim S. Kuru 10. Skepticism and Forgiveness: The Mi'rac in Veysi's Durretu t-tac / Gottfried Hagen 11. Mystical Love, Prophetic Compassion, and Ethics: An Ascension Narrative in the Medieval Bengali Nabivamsa of Saiyad Sultan / Ayesha Irani 12. Persian Illustrated Lithographed Books on the Mi'raj: Improving Children's Shi'i Beliefs in the Qajar Period / Ali BoozariPart 3. The Mi'raj as Performance and Ritual 13. Reading the Mi'raj Account as a Theatrical Performance: The Case of Ma'arij al-Nubuwwa / Ozgen Felek 14. Reworking the Ascension in Ottoman Lands: An Eighteenth-Century Mi'rajnama in Greek from Epirus / Phokion P. Kotzageorgis 15. Shah Isma'il Safevi and the Mi'raj: Hata'i's Vision of a Sacred Assembly / Amelia Gallagher 16. When the Prophet Went on the Mirac He Saw a Lion on the Road: The Mirac in the Alevi-Bektasi Tradition / Vernon SchubelBibliographyList of ContributorsIndex
Responsibility: edited by Christiane Gruber and Frederick Colby.


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