Eighth Conference of the School of Abbasid Studies

June 26–29, 2006
University of St. Andrews, Scotland


Camilla Adang, Judy Ahola, Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, Maaike van Berkel, Monique Bernards, Julia Bray, Nadia Cheikh, Michael Cooperson, Patricia Crone, Allen Fromherz, Robert Gleave, Beatrice Gruendler, Paul L. Heck, Ghada Jayyusi-Lehn, Hugh Kennedy, Philip Kennedy, Joseph E. Lowry, James Montgomery, John Nawas, Alastair Northedge, Letizia Osti, Wen-chin Ouyang, Gavin Picken, Ismail Poonawala, Chase Robinson, Devin Stewart, Shawkat M. Toorawa, John Turner, Uwe Vagelpohl, Johan Weststeijn, Hayrettin Yucesoy.

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Julia Bray, Al-Thaʿālibī’s Ādāb al-Mulūk, a local mirror for princes
Beatrice Gruendler, Convention and danger of the ʿAbbāsid ghazal
Discussion: Wen-Chin Ouyang
Paul L. Heck, Al-JuwaynĪ and inquisitorial religion
John Turner, The vigilante movements of Sahl b. Salāma and Khālid al-Daryūsh reconsidered
Discussion: Chase Robinson
Michael Cooperson, The Kitāb al-bukhalāʾ of al-JāÎiÛ as an attack on the zuhd
Joseph E. Lowry, Al-Shāfiʿī and later uṣūl al-fiqh: A preliminary assessment using a key concept from the Risāla
Discussion: Camilla Adang
Judy Ahola and Letizia Osti, Mapping the textual evidence: Baghdad at the time of al-Muqtadir
Alastair Northedge, The history of the Nahrawān canal
Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
Devin Stewart, Notes on Polosin’s study of the Fihrist
Shawkat M. Toorawa, How (and who) does Ibn al-Nadīm cluster? Looking for answers in Fihrist 3.3.
Discussion: Chase Robinson
Robert Gleave, Early Imāmī Ḥadīth (and early Imāmī attitudes toward Ḥadīth)
Johan Weststeijn, Dreams, the ʿAbbāsids, and al-Ṭabarī’s “History”
Discussion: Camilla Adang
Maaike van Berkel, The state subject versus the state secretary: Rules and procedures for complaining about the abuse of governmental officials
Nadia Cheikh, Guardians, masters of ceremonials, and political actors: Chamberlains in the fourth/tenth century ʿAbbāsid court
Discussion: James Montgomery
Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, The topos of the “faithful friends/pure brethren”: A reconsideration of the dating and the name of the Rasāʾil Ikhwān al-Şafā
Philip Kennedy, Anagnorisis in falsafa: An overview of the concept
Discussion: Ismail Poonawala and James Montgomery
Hayrettin Yucesoy, The caliphate and the search for Ur-monotheism in ʿAbbāsid history
John Nawas, ʿAbbāsid opposition to the reign of al-Maʾmūn
Ghada Jayyusi-Lehn, Abū Tammām: The poet and the historian of the ʿAbbāsid Caliph al-Muʿtaṣim?
Discussion: Patricia Crone
Shawkat Toorawa, The Official Web Site of the ʿAbbāsid Empire
Closing session