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Ahmed Ibn Hanbal and the Mihna: a Biography of the Imam including an Account of the Mohammedan Inquisition called the Mihna, 218-234 A.H.Ahmed Ibn Hanbal and the Mihna: a Biography of the Imam including an Account of the Mohammedan Inquisition called the Mihna, 218-234 A.H.
By Walter Melville Patton
$18.95 paperback

Written in both English and Arabic,
Ahmed Ibn Hanbal and the Mihna is the biography of the famous and beloved Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, who is credited with having founded the Hanbali school of fiqh, or jurisprudence. Hanbal was most well-known for his association with the Mihna, an event in Islamic history where an Abassid Caliph named al-Ma'mun tried to assert his authority and test whether his Muslim subjects believed that the Qu'ran was created by God or uncreated and literally the words of God himself. Though those who rejected the idea that the Qu'ran was created were imprisoned and flogged, Hanbal did not back down and supported his view that it was not, serving as a symbol of strength and character to many Muslims. This biography includes the account of the Mihna, as well as Hanbal's family history and accomplishments.


Ibn Khallikans Biographical Dictionary, Vol. I (in 4 volumes)Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, Vol. I (in 4 volumes)
By Ibn Khallikan
William MacGuckin de Slane (Translator)
$39.99 hardcover; $34.99 paperback

Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, or Deaths of Eminent Men and History of the Sons of the Epoch, was the noted Arabic scholar Ibn Khallikan's most well-known and respected work. The author worked on the tome from 1256 to 1274, compiling names, genealogies, and histories of prominent or conspicuous men in the Islamic world. The final work was translated into English by William Mac Guckin de Slane and is longer than 2,700 pages. It has been quoted by many Arabic rhetoricians and grammarians in other works, as it is considered one of the most important records of Arabic history ever written. Here, separated into four volumes, the Biographical Dictionary is an essential work for any student of Muslim culture and literature. Volume I includes: An Introduction by Mac Guckin de Slane; the Preface by the author; passages in the original Arabic; a detailed index of all biographies; notes from the translator for each biography; and genealogies of hundreds of Muslim figures, including Osama Ibn Murshid, Jaafar the Barmekide, Muhammad Ibn Habib, and Shawar.


Ibn Khallikans Biographical Dictionary, Vol. II (in 4 volumes)Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, Vol. II (in 4 volumes)
By Ibn Khallikan
William MacGuckin de Slane (Translator)
$39.99 hardcover; $34.99 paperback

Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, or Deaths of Eminent Men and History of the Sons of the Epoch, was the noted Arabic scholar Ibn Khallikan's most well-known and respected work. The author worked on the tome from 1256 to 1274, compiling names, genealogies, and histories of prominent or conspicuous men in the Islamic world. The final work was translated into English by William MacGuckin de Slane and is longer than 2,700 pages. It has been quoted by many Arabic rhetoricians and grammarians in other works, as it is considered one of the most important records of Arab history ever written. Here, separated into four volumes, the Biographical Dictionary is an essential work for any student of Muslim culture and literature. Volume II includes: An Introduction by Mac Guckin de Slane; a detailed index of all biographies; notes from the translator for each biography; and detailed genealogies of hundreds of Muslim figures, including Ibn Babak the Poet,
As-Sulaihi, Malik Ibn Dinar, and Ar-Rabai the Grammarian.


Ibn Khallikans Biographical Dictionary, Vol. III (in 4 volumes)Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, Vol. III (in 4 volumes)
By Ibn Khallikan
William MacGuckin de Slane (Translator)
$39.99 hardcover; $34.99 paperback

Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, or Deaths of Eminent Men and History of the Sons of the Epoch, was the noted Arabic scholar Ibn Khallikan's most well-known and respected work. The author worked on the tome from 1256 to 1274, compiling names, genealogies, and histories of prominent or conspicuous men in the Islamic world. The final work was translated into English by William MacGuckin de Slane and is longer than 2,700 pages. It has been quoted by many Arabic rhetoricians and grammarians in other works, as it is considered one of the most important records of Arab history ever written. Here, separated into four volumes, the Biographical Dictionary is an essential work for any student of Muslim culture and literature. Volume III includes: A detailed index of all biographies; notes from the translator for each biography; and genealogies of hundreds of Muslim figures, including The Katib Imad Ad-Din Al-Ispahani,
Abu Bakr Al-Khwarezmi, Mukhlis Ad-Dawla Mukallad, and Nasr Al-Khubzaruzzi.


Ibn Khallikans Biographical Dictionary, Vol. IV (in 4 volumes)Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, Vol. IV (in 4 volumes)
By Ibn Khallikan
William MacGuckin de Slane (Translator)
$39.99 hardcover; $34.99 paperback

Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, or Deaths of Eminent Men and History of the Sons of the Epoch, was the noted Arabic scholar Ibn Khallikan's most well-known and respected work. The author worked on the tome from 1256 to 1274, compiling names, genealogies, and histories of prominent or conspicuous men in the Islamic world. The final work was translated into English by William MacGuckin de Slane and is longer than 2,700 pages. It has been quoted by many Arabic rhetoricians and grammarians in other works, as it is considered one of the most important records of Arab history ever written. Here, separated into four volumes, the Biographical Dictionary is an essential work for any student of Muslim culture and literature. Volume IV includes: An introduction by William MacGuckin de Slane, a detailed index of all biographies; notes from the translator for each biography; and genealogies of hundreds of Muslim figures, including Yusuf Ibn Abd Al-Mumin, Yaqub Ibn Al-layth As-Saffar, and The
Kadi Baha Ad-Din Ibn Shaddad.


The Confessions of Al Ghazzali
By Al Ghazzali
$12.95 paperback
The 12th-century Islamic thinker Al Ghazzali began his career as a professor in Baghdad. Over time, however, he realized that philosophy, math, and science were inadequate to answer the spiritual questions that vexed him. He left his post and began a two-year search for truth. The Confessions of Al Ghazzali is his autobiography and the result of what he learned during his quest. In it, he argues that while philosophy and the sciences are necessary for solving earthly matters, only Sufism is capable of deciphering the ultimate mystery. This brief treatise, translated into English for the first time by Claud Field and published in 1909, is filled with illuminating analogies and clear explanations that will please the student of Islam and the academically curious.


The Mahdi of Allah: A Drama of the SudanThe Mahdi of Allah: A Drama of the Sudan
By Ibn Khallikan
William MacGuckin de Slane (Translator)
$49.95 hardcover; $34.95 paperback

Today, as a new Islamic revolution faces a Western response, this classic exploration of fundamentalist Islamic religious leader
Muhammad Ahmad (1844-1885) deserves a second look. Ahmad was the self-proclaimed "Mahdi," or end-time redeemer of Islam. In the late 19th century, Ahmad and his armies fought for control of the Sudan which was in the hands of foreign conquerors. Students of the history of the Sudan and of Islam in recent centuries will be fascinated by this 1932 work, which reveals as much about European reaction to aggressive Islamism as it does about one of the great figures of the faith itself.