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Islam: A View from the Edge. By Richard W. Bulliet.
Islam: A View from the Edge. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. Pp. 236. Islam: A View from the Edge is a socio-historical analysis of the Nishapur Diaspora through the experience of the new converts and their relationship with the ulemas. The aptly titled book is a survey of how Islam developed in the periphery rather than in the center, and how the scholastic developmental patterns in the center were heavily influenced by the creativity in the periphery.
Bulliet argues that while Muslims and Westerners alike often accept the center's view of Islam, the edge actually drives Muslim history by spontaneously finding its own religious authorities and following their guidance. In the early centuries of Islam, converts made up the edge. Today, the edge's two main groups consist of disoriented students and urbanized peasants. In need of guidance, they turn to the interpreters of Islam who most convincingly address their concerns
Islam View from Edge book.
Islam View from Edge book.
Why, asks Bulliet, did Islam become so rooted in the social structure of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in those parts of Asia and Africa to which it spread after the tenth century? In assessing the historical evolution of Islamic society, Bulliet abandons the historian's typical habit of viewing Islamic history "from the center", that is, focusing on the rise and fall of imperial dynasties.
Several of his books focus on Iran but deal also with the Richard W. Bulliet is a professor emeritus of history at Columbia University who specializes in the history of Islamic society and institutions, the history of technology, and the history of the role of animals in human society. Richard grew up in Illinois. He attended Harvard University, from which he received a BA in 1962 and a PhD in 1967.
His books on a broader view of Islamic history and society include Under Siege: Islam and Democracy (1994) and The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004). Islam: The View from the Edge back cover matter. His book The Camel and the Wheel (1975) brings together his interest in the histories of technology, animal domestication, and the Middle East, dealing for example with the significant military advantage early Muslim armies gained from a slight improvement in the design of cloth camel saddles.
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Home Browse Books Book details, Views from the Edge: Essays in Honor of Richard. Views from the Edge: Essays in Honor of Richard W. By Neguin Yavari, Lawrence G. Potter, Jean-Mare Ran Oppenheim. These essays were written by colleagues and former students of Richard Bulliet, the scholar and mentor whose "most important contribution remains his extraordinary imagination in the service of history. The hallmark of "Views from the Edge," then, is innovative scholarship in all periods of Islamic history.
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1940-10-30) October 30, 1940 (age 78) Rockford, Illinois. Several of his books focus on Iran but deal also with the larger Muslim world, including The Patricians of Nishapur: a Study in Medieval Islamic History (1972), Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period: An Essay in Quantitative History (1979), and Islam: the View from the Edge (1994). His books on a broader view of Islamic history and society include Under Siege: Islam and Democracy (1994) and The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004).
Richard Bulliet, professor, specializes in Middle Eastern history, the social and institutional history of Islamic countries . Islam: The View from the Edge. Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period: An Essay in Quantitative History. The Camel and the Wheel.
Richard Bulliet, professor, specializes in Middle Eastern history, the social and institutional history of Islamic countries, and the history of technology. Islamo-Christian Civilization. America and the Muslim World. History of Islamic Society. History of North Africa and the Sahara Desert to 1500. Domestic Animals and Human History. Technology and History. History of Iran down to the Safavid Period. The Patricians of Nishapur: A Study in Medieval Islamic Social History.