Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible: From Ibn Rabban to Ibn Hazm

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 320 pages
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"Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible" deals with the way in which Judaism and its holy scriptures were viewed by nine medieval Muslim writers representing different genres of Arabic literature: Ibn Rabban al-?abar?, Ibn Qutayba, al-Ya'q?b?, Ab? Ja'far al-?abar?, al-Mas'?d?, al-Maqdis?, al-B?qill?n?, al-B?r?n? and Ibn ?azm. After an introductory chapter on the reception of Biblical materials in early Islam and a presentation of the authors under review, the book focuses on their knowledge of Judaism and the text of the Hebrew Bible, and subsequently discusses issues frequently debated between Muslims and Jews, namely, the claim that the Torah contains references to Mu?ammad, and the assertion that the Torah has been both abrogated and falsified. In the appendix, texts by Ibn Qutayba and al-Maqdis? are offered for the first time in an English translation.
  

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Chapter VI comments on Qirqisani on Islam, and other places discuss Al-Mas'udi as the fist Muslim to discuss Karaites at length

Contents

Chapter One The Reception of Biblical Materials in Early Islam
1
Chapter Two The Authors and Their Works
23
Chapter Three Jewish Beliefs and Practices
70
Chapter Four The Use of Biblical Material and Related Issues
110
Chapter Five The Proofs of Prophethood
139
Chapter Six The Abrogation of the Mosaic Law
192
Chapter Seven The Question of the Authenticity of the Jewish
223
Chapter Eight Conclusions
249
Appendix One AlMaqdisis Description of Judaism
257
Appendix Two Biblical Passages
264
Bibliography
279
Indexes
307
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About the author (1996)

Camilla Adang, Ph.D. (1993) in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Nijmegen, is currently a visiting lecturer at Tel Aviv University. She has published several articles on Muslim-Jewish polemics, and a monograph entitled "Islam frente a Judaismo. La polemica de Ibn h azm de Cordoba" ("Madrid," 1994).