9789004120433

Excellence and Precedence

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    9789004120433

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    9004120432

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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Summary

This volume provides new insights into the nature of legitimate leadership in the formative period of Islam through analysis of a specific discourse framed around the two key Qur'?nic concepts of moreal excellence (fa?l/fa??la) and precedence (s?biqa).

Author Biography

Asma Afsaruddin is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Author of the Bina' al-Maqalap. 9
The Political and Social Milieup. 12
Refutations of the 'Uthmaniyyap. 23
Manaqib/Fada'il Traditions: Genesis and Propagationp. 26
The Excellence of Precedencep. 36
The Positions of al-Jahiz and Ibn Tawusp. 51
Precedence in Conversion to Islamp. 52
Precedence in Service to Islamp. 58
Reflections of al-Jahiz' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 64
Reflections of Ibn Tawus' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 71
The Precedence of Excellencep. 80
Generosityp. 81
Abstemiousnessp. 84
Veracityp. 87
Valorp. 94
Reflections of Al-Jahiz' Views in the Manaqib Literaturep. 98
Reflections of Ibn Tawus' Views in the Manaqib Literaturep. 104
The Epistemology of Excellencep. 113
Al-Jahiz' Viewsp. 114
Ibn Tawus' Viewsp. 120
Reflections of al-Jahiz' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 128
Reflections of Ibn Tawus' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 137
Brief Excursus on 'Ilm and the Nature of the Early Caliphate/Imamatep. 142
The Excellence of Propinquity to the Prophet: Kinship vs. Companionshipp. 146
Al-Jahiz' Viewsp. 148
Ibn Tawus' Viewsp. 159
Reflections of Al-Jahiz' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 165
Reflections of Ibn Tawus' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 176
Al-Jahiz' Viewsp. 184
Ibn Tawus' Viewsp. 186
Reflections of Al-Jahiz' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 188
Reflections of Ibn Tawus' Views in the Manaqib and Other Literaturep. 193
Canon of Excellence I: Hadith as Proof-Texts and the Principle of Nassp. 197
Al-Jahiz' Viewsp. 198
Ibn Tawus' Viewsp. 202
The Reliability of Hadith Transmittersp. 208
The Nature of the Transmission of Hadithp. 213
The Principle of Nassp. 217
Al-Jahiz' Viewsp. 224
Ibn Tawus' Rebuttalp. 226
Canon of Excellence II: Qur'anic Verses as Proof-Textsp. 229
General Sunni and Shi'i Exegesesp. 252
Conclusionp. 271
Sources for the Bina' al-Maqalap. 287
Selected Bibliographyp. 293
General Indexp. 305
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