Publications of Al-Azmeh, A.

Pasts incorporated : CEU studies in the humanities

The book includes the following articles:1. Tropes and temporalities of historiographic romanticism, modern and Islamic -- 2. Islam and the history of civilizations -- 3. Chronophagous discourse: a study of the clerico-legal appropriation of the world in an Islamic tradition -- 4. The muslim canon from late antiquity to the era of modernism -- 5. God's chronography and dissipative time -- 6. Rhetoric for the senses: a consideration of Muslim paradise narratives -- 7. Islamic political thought: current historiography and the frame of history -- 8. Monotheistic monarchy.

Al-Azmeh A. Afterword. In: Al-Azmeh A, Fokas E, editors. Islam in Europe : Diversity, Identity, Influence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2007. p. 208-15.
Al-Azmeh A. Epilogue : Romancing the Prose of the World. In: Persson HA, Stråth B, editors. Reflections on Europe : Defining a Political Order in Time and Space. Vol 37. Bruxelles: Peter Lang; 2007. p. 249-76. (Multiple Europes; vol 37).
Al-Azmeh A. Secularism and the Question of Civilisation (In Arabic). In: Hussein L, editor. Secularism in the Arab East : Conference on Secularism in the Arab East. Damascus: Petra and Atlas Publishers; 2007. p. 95-107.
Al-Azmeh A. History, Culture and the Quest for Organism. In: Rüsen J, editor. Time and history : the variety of cultures. Vol 10. Oxford: Berghahn; 2007. p. 109-34. (Making sense of history; vol 10).
Al-Azmeh A. Human Rights and the Contemporaneity of Islam : A Matter of Dialogue? In: Neto HM, editor. The Universal in Human Rights : Precondition for a Dialogue of Cultures. Rio de Janeiro: Educam; 2007. p. 65-81.

Human Rights and the Contemporaneity of Islam : A Matter of Dialogue?

This article was presented at the XVth Conference of the Academy of Latinity, 14 – 17 April 2007, Amman, Jordan.

Al-Azmeh A. Preamble. The Medieval History Journal. 2006;9(1):17-36.
Al-Azmeh A. Monotheistic monarchy. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. 2005;(10):133-49.

Monotheistic Kingship: The Medieval Variants

This volume of essays intends to present diverse aspects of monotheistic kingship during the Middle Ages in two general-theoretical articles and a series of case studies on the relationship of religion and rulership. The authors discuss examples of the role of religion based on both textual and iconic evidence in Carolingian, Ottonian and late medieval western Europe; in Byzantium and Armenia; Georgia; Hungary; the Khazar Khanate; Poland, and Rus. Two studies explore the issue in medieval Jewish and Islamic political thought. The editors hope that these special inquiries will engender more comparative studies on the subject.

Gaspar C. The King of Kings and the Holy Men : Royal Authority and Sacred Power in the Early Byzantine World. In: Al-Azmeh A, Bak JM, editors. Monotheistic kingship : the medieval variants. Budapest: CEU Press; 2004. p. 63-88. (Pasts incorporated : CEU studies in the humanities; no 3).
Geréby G. Carl Schmitt and Erik Peterson on the problem of political theology : a footnote to Kantorowicz. In: Al-Azmeh A, Bak JM, editors. Monotheistic Kingship : the medieval variants. Vol 7. Budapest: CEU Press; 2004. p. 31-61. (CEU Medievalia; vol 7).

Carl Schmitt and Erik Peterson on the problem of political theology : a footnote to Kantorowicz

Survey of the debate about the terminology of political theology

Al-Azmeh A. Identity in the Arab World. In: Mamdani M, editor. Identity. New York: Other Press; 2004. p. 47-64. (Keywords).
Al-Azmeh A. Une question postmoderne? In: Tazi N, editor. L'identité. Paris: Découverte; 2004. p. 11-24. (Les mots du monde).

Rhétorique des sens : une réflexion sur les récits du paradis musulman

Rhetoric for the Senses : A Consideration of Muslim Paradise Narratives

Al-Azmeh A. Identity in the Arab World (In Arabic). In: Mafahim `Alamiyya : Al-Huwiyya. Casablanca: Arab Cultural Centre; 2004. p. 13-30.
Al-Azmeh A. Ambiguties of Modernity (In Arabic). In: Modernity and Arab Modernity. Damascus: Dar Petra; 2004. p. 269-301.
Al-Azmeh A. Monotheistic kingship. In: Al-Azmeh A, Bak JM, editors. Monotheistic kingship : the medieval variants. Vol 7. Budapest: CEU Press; 2004. p. 9-29. (CEU Medievalia; vol 7).

Monotheistic kingship

Discusses both Christian and Muslim political thought.

Book review : The Revolution which Toppled the Umayyads : Neither Arab nor ‘Abbasid

This article reviews the book "The Revolution which Toppled the Umayyads : Neither Arab nor ‘Abbasid" by Saleh Said Agha.

CEU Medievalia

A reanalysis of The Muqaddima, Ibn Khaldun's fourteenth-century historical treatise on the Arab & Berber peoples, in 3 Chpts, with a Preface & biographical note by the author. The goal is to reassess Khaldun's historical discourse both in light of cultural categories appropriate to his time & from the structural perspectives of modern historical science; such an approach necessarily avoids the received Oriental tradition usually associated with Arabic/Islamic scholarship. Central concepts at issue are the power & function of the historical state, or daula, in preserving world order; the custodial authority of the state; the dynastic character & natural life span of the state; religious & political principles enforcing the theory of kingship; the function of prophecy; categories of political power & characteristics of social groups; the nature of war; differences between Bedouin & Ur cultures; & the nature of language. Finally, the Muqaddima questions the value of the traditional sciences of philosophy, alchemy, & astrology, & charges these disciplines with distortion of the natural order. Chpt (1) The Primacy of the Historical – discusses the criterion of historical significance & the structure of the historical state. (2) The Problematization of History – presents an anatomy of the Muqaddima, &, within a chapter-by-chapter analysis, considers its claim as a constitution to the new science of civilization. (3) The Historicity of Kitab al-'Ibar – examines the textual aspects of the Books of Exemplaries, in which the Muqaddima appears. 1 Figure, Notes, References, Bibliog.

Al-Azmeh A. Postmodern Obscurantism and 'The Muslim Question'. In: Panitch L, Leys C, editors. Fighting Identities : Race, Religion and Ethno-Nationalism. London: Merlin Press; 2003. p. 28-50. (Socialist register).
Al-Azmeh A. The coherence of the West. In: Rüsen J, editor. Western historical thinking : an intercultural debate. New York: Berghahn Books; 2002. p. 58-64.

Book review : The Armies of the Caliphs : Military and Society in the Early Islamic State

This article reviews the book "The Armies of the Caliphs : Military and Society in the Early Islamic State" by Hugh Kennedy.

Abu Bakr al-Razi

Abu Bakr al-Razi : An Anthology

al-Mas‘udi

Al-Mas`udi : An Anthology

Al-Azmeh A. Religion, Culture, Political Culture : An Investigation of Current Concepts and Distinctions. In: Qassis M, editor. Challenges of the New Millennium and the Horizons of Development in the Arab World. Bir Zeit: Bir Zeit University; 2001. p. 22-31.
Al-Azmeh A. Islamic Fundamentalism. In: Smelser NJ, Baltes PB, editors. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevir; 2001. p. 7931-4.
Al-Azmeh A. Civilization, Concept and History of. In: Smelser NJ, Baltes PB, editors. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 2001. p. 1903-9.

Civilization, Concept and History of

The concept of civilization as it is recognizable today, emerged with the rise of historical consciousness in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and achieved global spread in the twentieth century. Civilization came to constitute a primary unit of historical discourse, in association with cognate terms such as culture, quite apart from its indication of certain morphological features of human society, such as urbanism. Broadly conceived, the notion of civilization has served two schemas of world history, the one universalist and evolutionist, and the other particularistic and vitalist. Both notions have ideological implications, and were often deployed in conflicts between universalist-progressivist and conservative-nationalist political creeds, the former laying emphasis on the normative and morphological continuities in human societies, while the latter stressed openness to historical becoming as well as societal and historical transformism. Quite apart from the normative implications of both notions, the one valorizing abiding resources of particularist national and civilizational character and the other speaking for an open notion of progress, recent historical research has rendered possible the concrete and properly historical consideration of the notion of historical continuity beyond the boundaries of the ideological commitment of the two notions of civilization that have profoundly marked the categorization of historical material and historical periodization in general.

Al-Azmeh A. The Global Environment (In Arabic). In: Towards an Arab Civilisation. Beirut: Markaz Dirasat al-Wahda al-`Arabiyya; 2001. p. 167-88.

Civilization, Culture and the New Barbarians

There has been a revival in Western thought of romantic ideas of society & history that, before WWII, had been associated with conservative & right-wing political movements & ideologies. The emphasis on an unreflected notion of culture, postmodernist relativism, scenarios of the wars of civilizations, fundamentalist reclamations of authenticity, & multiculturalist celebrations of difference constitute a revival of irrationalist social theories, where culture replaces race as the organizing principle of a theory of predispositions inherent in ethnic, religious, & national groups. This repetition of late-19th-century polemics against degeneration & against the Enlightenment gathered force in a context marked by the fall of the socialist bloc, deregulation, structural marginality, & the waning of humanism in favor of an anthropological pessimism emphasizing singularity. 49 References. Adapted from the source document.

Book review : Islam and the Present : Challenges and Horizons (in Arabic)

This article reviews the book "Islam and the Present: Challenges and Horizons" by S. R. al-Buti and T. Tizini.

Al-Mawardi

Al-Mawardi : An Anthology

Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab

Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab : An Anthology

Ibn Khaldun (In Arabic)

Ibn Khaldun's History : An Anthology

Al-Azmeh A. Nationalism and the Arabs. In: Hopwood D, editor. Arab Nation, Arab Nationalism : The Antonius Lectures. Basingstoke: Macmillan; 2000. p. 63-78.
Al-Azmeh A. Whither the Nahda? : Politics and the Attrition of Modernism (In Arabic). In: Asr al-nahda: muqaddimat libaraliyya lil-hadatha. Beirut: Rene Mu`awwad Foundation; 2000. p. 75-95.
Al-Azmeh A. "Objective" Marxism and the End of History : A Discussion of the Ideas of Abdallah Laroui' (In Arabic). In: al-Kurdi B, editor. Muḥawaraẗ fikr ʿAbd Allah al-ʿArwi : Autour de la pensée de Abdallah Laroui. Casablanca: Al-Markaz al-ṯaqafī al-ʿarabi; 2000. p. 35-62.

Book review : Mosaic Society Revisited

This article reviews the book "The Dream Palace of the Arabs : A Generation's Odyssey" by Fouad Ajami.

Al-Azmeh A. Genealogie, Typologie, und Organismus : Islamische und andere. Geschichtsverläfe. In: Schulz E, Sonne W, editors. Kontinuität und Wandel : Geschichtsbilder in verschiedenen Fächern und Kulturen. Vol 28. Zürich: Hochschul Verlag an der ETH Zürich; 1999. p. 453-78. (Zürcher Hochschulforum; vol 28).
Al-Azmeh A. Die Kohärenz des Westens : Eine nüchterne Romanze. In: Rüsen J, editor. Westliches Geschichtsdenken : eine interkulturelle Debatte. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; 1999. p. 106-16.

Book review : Islam in Britain, 1558-1685

This article reviews the book "Islam in Britain, 1558-1685" by Nabil Matar.

Religious and cultural reactions to colonialism in the Muslim world

The reformist Ottoman state in the second half of the nineteenth century & its successor states in the Arab world.

Al-Azmeh A. Mortal Enemies, Invisible Neighbours : Northerners in Andalusian Eyes (In Arabic). In: Al-Hadara al-‘Arabiyya al-Islamiyya f¬'l-Andalus. Vol 1. Beirut: Markaz Dirasat al-Wahda al-‘Arabiyya; 1998. p. 398-410.
Al-Azmeh A. Geschichte, Kultur und die Suche nach dem Organischen. In: Rüsen J, Gottlob M, Mittag A, editors. Die Vielfalt der Kulturen. Vol 4. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp; 1998. p. 74-114. (Erinnerung, Geschichte, Identität; vol 4).

Geschichte, Kultur und die Suche nach dem Organischen

History, Culture and the Quest for Organism

Al-Azmeh A. al-Mas‘udi. In: Meisami JS, Starkey P, editors. Encyclopedia of Arabic literature. London: Routledge; 1998. p. 514-5.
Al-Azmeh A. Muqaddima. In: Meisami JS, Starkey P, editors. Encyclopedia of Arabic literature. London: Routledge; 1998. p. 551-2.
Al-Azmeh A. Afterword. In: Hasan M, editor. Islam, communities and the nation : Muslim identities in South Asia and beyond. New Delhi: Manohar; 1998. p. 491-506.
Al-Azmeh A. Rhétorique des sens : une réflexion sur les récits du paradis musulman. In: Benslama F, Tazi N, editors. La Virilité en Islam. Vol 11-12. Paris: Éditions de l'Aube; 1998. p. 75-90. (Cahiers Intersignes; vol 11-12).

Rhétorique des sens : une réflexion sur les récits du paradis musulman

Rhetoric for the Senses : A Consideration of Muslim Paradise Narratives

Al-Azmeh A. The Muslim Canon from Late Antiquity to the Age of Modernism : Typology, Utility, and History. In: Kooij A, Toorn K, editors. Canonization and Decanonization. Vol 82. Leiden: Brill; 1998. p. 191-228. (Studies in the history of religions; vol 82).

Muslim History : Reflections on Periodisation and Categorisation

This article seeks to review the common assumption of a clear, largely endogenous, continuous and singular medieval period in Muslim history. The assumption implicates a romantic vision of history as one of continuity, and the possibility of writing the history of large-scale masses as one of singularity, and that the historical masses can quite satisfactorily be identified by transhistorical nominatives such as Islam, Hellenism, or the West. Correlatively, the histories of such masses are encoded according to the literary topos of rise and decline, à la Herder, Hegel, Renan, Becker, Toynbee and others. The author proposes that the conceptualisation of historical objects as Muslim or otherwise, and the consequent periodisation is possible only when shorn of romantic historism, and if the titles under which historical material is organised were to be subverted to preserve a definite distance between self-representation and subsequent construal on the one hand, and the actual workings of History on the other. It thus suggests that 'Late Antiquity' be taken to encompass the conditions that gave rise to Islam, which wouldpresent the Arab empires as points of arrival and the crystallisation of cultural, economic, demographic, religious, statist and other universalist trends that constitute Late Antiquity.

Al-Azmeh A. Att rekonstituera islam. Tidskrift för Mellanösternstudier. 1998;5(2):4-21.

Book review : A History of Islamic Legal Theories : An Introduction to Sunni Usul al-fiqh

This article reviews the book "A History of Islamic Legal Theories : An Introduction to Sunni Usul al-fiqh" by Wael Hallaq.

Book Review : The Curse of Cain : The Violent Legacy of Monotheism

This article reviews the book "The Curse of Cain : The Violent Legacy of Monotheism" by Regina M. Schwartz.

Al-Azmeh A. Islamic Studies and the European Imagination. In: Taher M, editor. Encyclopaedic survey of Islamic culture : The ideal way of life. Vol 12. New Delhi: Anmol; 1997. p. 1-26.
Al-Azmeh A. Tradition and Globalisation (In Arabic). In: The Arab World and Alternative Projects for Integration. Beirut: Markaz Dirasat al-Wahda al-`Arabiyya; 1997. p. 87-102.

Book review : Medieval Arabic Historiography

This article reviews the book "Arabic Historical Thought in the Classical Period" by Tarif Khalidi.

Phronesis

The book includes the following articles:Muslim 'Culture' and the European Tribe -- Islamism and the Arabs -- The Discourse of Cultural Authenticity -- Arab Nationalism and Islamism -- Islamist Revivalism and Western Ideologies -- Utopia in Islamic Political Thought -- Wahhabite Polity -- Islamic Studies and the European Imagination -- The Religious and the Secular in Contemporary Arab Life -- Culturalism, Grand Narrative of Capitalism Exultant -- Muslim Modernism and the Canonical Text.

Al-Azmeh A. Edition Pandora. Vol 33. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt am Main; 1996.
Al-Azmeh A. Culturalism, Grand Narrative of Capitalism Exultant. In: Balslev AN, editor. Cross-cultural conversation : initiation. Vol 5. Atalanta: Scholars Press; 1996. p. 77-100. (American Academy of Religion cultural criticism series; vol 5).
Al-Azmeh A. Populism Contra Democracy : Recent Democratist Discourse in the Arab World (In German). In: Die Islamisierung des Islam : imaginäre Welten einer politischen Theologie. Vol 33. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag; 1996. p. 145-75. (Edition Pandora; vol 33).