The Spiritual Background of Early Islam: Studies in Ancient Arab Concepts

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Brill, 2009 - Religion - 336 pages
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In a series of essays devoted to key terms and ideas in Islam, Bravmann argues on the basis of pre-Islamic and early Islamic texts for an Arabian background to the rise of the religion. In pursuing a through philological examination of the evidence, Bravmann finds core values and ideas of Islam deeply embedded in ancient Arab linguistic expression. His work continues to provide a critical element in the debates about the emergence of Islam and cannot be ignored by anyone trying to assess the complex historiographical problems that surround the issue.

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M. M. Bravmann (1909-77) worked at the Columbia University Library and taught at Dropsie College, New York University and Columbia University. A prolific Semitic philologist Bravmann has been called the last in a scholarly line through Delitzsch, Noldeke, Barth and Brockelmann.

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