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A Learned Society in a Period of Transition
A Learned Society in a Period of Transition
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Details:   A Learned Society in a Period of Transition: The Sunni 'Ulama of 11th Century Baghdad,
Paperback - 246 pages, ( Suny Series),
by Daphana Ephrat.



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Addresses the social significance of orthodox Islam during the medieval period in Baghdad.


This book develops a new approach to the process of institutionalisation and its social significance by focusing on Baghdad during the Sunni revival. Ephrat asserts that the Sunni revival was a period during which the fluid society of the "learned," the 'ulama', emerged as a more defined and exclusive group. By unveiling the world of learning beyond its legal and organisational structures, this book explains how the Baghdadi 'ulama' constructed their social bonds and identities.



Reviews : "The nuanced but careful way in which this book uses biographical sources allows a great advance in our understanding of social history during the time covered." --- Roy P. Mottahedeh, Harvard University.

 
"Ephrat's arguments that madrasas were not particularly important in the formation and solidarity of legal systems, that social networks and shared values were more important for that, and that there is no evidence that madrasas trained bureaucrats or had an established curriculum are revisionist and will be controversial (in the best sense)." ---Michael G. Morony, University of California at Los Angeles.


 
Table Of Contents:

---Acknowledgments
---A Note in the Transliteration, Periodization, and Dates
---List of Abbreviations
---List of Illustrations
---Maps

---Introduction

---The Framework of Inquiry
---Institutionalization and Social Change
---The 'Ulama' and the Problem of Self-Presentation
---A Note on the Sources

1. The City

---The Coming of the Turks
---The Appearance of the Madrasa

2. Formation

---The Baghdadi 'Ulama' and Worldwide Scholarly Networks
---From Journey to Schools

3. Learning

---Travel and Worldwide Scholarly Connections
---Patterns and Frameworks of Study

4. Forms of Social Affiliation

---The Halqa
---The Madhhab

5. Mechanisims of Inclusion and Exclusion

---Membership
---Entry to the Ranks of the'Ulama'
---Founding a School: Career Options
---Career Patterns
---Accession to Teaching Positions

6. Place and Role in the Public Sphere

---The Religious Elite and the Ruling Authorities
---The Madhahib as Social Solidarity Groups
---Pious and Charismatic Leaders

---Conclusion

---Appendices
---Appendix A: Scholarly Families of 11th-Century Baghdad
---Appendix B: Professors in the Madrasas of Baghdad (459/1066-559/1163)
---Appendix C: Qadis and Khatibs of Baghdad (409/1018-549/1154)

---Notes
---Bibliography
---Index of Proper Names
---General Index.





 

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