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The Coming of the Comforter: When, Where, and to Whom?


Studies on the Rise of Islam and Various Other Topics in Memory of John Wansbrough


John Wansbrough is famous for his pioneering studies on the “sectarian milieu” out of which Islam emerged. In his view, Islam grew out of different - albeit rather marginal - Jewish and Christian traditions. In the present volume, which is dedicated to Wansbrough’s memory, specialists in Islamic studies and students of the Jewish and early Christian traditions summarise Wansbrough’s achievements in the past thirty years and chart the future of the tradition study of the “sectarian milieu.”
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0158-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Feb 1,2012
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 480
Languages: English, French
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0158-6
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John Wansbrough is famous for his pioneering studies on the “sectarian milieu” out of which Islam emerged. In his view, Islam grew out of different - albeit rather marginal - Jewish and Christian traditions whose intertwinings deserve being studied. In the present volume, which is dedicated to Wansbrough’s memory, specialists in Islamic studies and students of the Jewish and early Christian traditions out of which Islam presumably arose summarise Wansbrough’s achievements in the past thirty years. The volume also goes a step further by setting forth new landmarks for the study of the traditions implied in Wansbrough’s aforementioned concept of the “sectarian milieu” from which Islam emerged, perhaps later than is commonly assumed and in a rather unclear, even ambiguous way.

John Wansbrough is famous for his pioneering studies on the “sectarian milieu” out of which Islam emerged. In his view, Islam grew out of different - albeit rather marginal - Jewish and Christian traditions whose intertwinings deserve being studied. In the present volume, which is dedicated to Wansbrough’s memory, specialists in Islamic studies and students of the Jewish and early Christian traditions out of which Islam presumably arose summarise Wansbrough’s achievements in the past thirty years. The volume also goes a step further by setting forth new landmarks for the study of the traditions implied in Wansbrough’s aforementioned concept of the “sectarian milieu” from which Islam emerged, perhaps later than is commonly assumed and in a rather unclear, even ambiguous way.

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Contributor Biography

Carlos Segovia

Carlos A. Segovia is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at the Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid and Vice-Director of 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins (www.4enoch.org). He holds a Ph.D. from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has extensively written on Islamic philosophy and theology and now works in the field of ancient Judaism and early Christianity.

Basil Lourié

Basil Lourié is the editor in chief of "Scrinium: Revue de patrologie, d'hagiographiecritique et d'histoire ecclésiastique" (St. Petersburg, Russia). He holds a Ph. D. and a Dr. habil. in Philosophy from St. Petersburg State University. He has written extensively on theological, liturgical and hagiographical traditions of the Christian Orient with a special attention to the philosophical and logical topics in patristics as well as to the Second Temple Jewish and Early Christian liturgical calendars.

Geneviève Gobillot

Gabriel Reynolds

John Wortley

Herbert Berg

Caterina Bori

Michel Cuypers

Claude Gilliot

Andrew Rippin

Andrew Rippin is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Some of his studies on the Qur?an have been collected into a single volume, The Qur?an and its interpretative tradition (2001). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

J. Van Reeth

Hubert Kaufhold

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Abbreviations (page 15)
  • Preface (page 17)
  • JOHN WANSBROUGHAND THE PROBLEM OF ISLAMIC ORIGINSIN RECENT SCHOLARSHIP:A FAREWELLTO THE TRADITIONAL ACCOUNT - by CARLOS A. SEGOVIA (page 19)
  • PART ONE: FORMATIVE ISLAM WITHINITS JEWISH-CHRISTIAN MILIEU (page 29)
    • DES TEXTES PSEUDO CLEMENTINSA LA MYSTIQUE JUIVEDES PREMIERS SIECLESET DU SINAÏ A MARIB.Quelques coïncidences entrecontexte culturelet localisation géographiquedans le Coran - by GENEVIÈVE GOBILLOT (page 31)
    • ON THE QUR`AN’S M A`IDA PASSAGEAND THE WANDERINGSOF THE ISRAELITES1GABRIEL - by SAID REYNOLDS (page 119)
    • PRAYER AND THE DESERT FATHERS - by JOHN WORTLEY (page 137)
    • FRIDAY VENERATION IN SIXTHANDSEVENTH-CENTURY CHRISTIANITYAND CHRISTIAN LEGENDSABOUT THE CONVERSION OF NAGRAN - by BASIL LOURIE (page 159)
    • THEMATIC AND STRUCTURAL AFFINITIESBETWEEN 1 ENOCH AND THE QUR’AN:A CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDYOF THE JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN APOCALYPTICSETTING OF THE EARLY ISLAMIC FAITH - by CARLOS A. SEGOVIA (page 259)
    • PART TWO:REVISITING SOME EARLY ISLAMICSOURCES, FACTS,AND INTERPRETATIVE ISSUES (page 297)
  • THE NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK:ISLAMIC ORIGINS AND THE NATUREOF THE EARLY SOURCES - by HERBERT BERG (page 299)
  • “ALL WE KNOW IS WHATWE HAVE BEEN TOLD”:REFLECTIONS ON EMIGRATIONAND LAND AS DIVINE HERITAGEIN THE QUR’AN1 - by CATERINA BORI (page 331)
  • LANALYSE RHETORIQUEFACE A LA CRITIQUE HISTORIQUEDE J. WANSBROUGHET DE G. LÜLING.Lexemple de la sourate 96 - by MICHEL CUYPERS (page 371)
  • MOHAMMEDS EXEGETICAL ACTIVITYIN THE MECCAN ARABIC LECTIONARY - by CLAUDE GILLIOT (page 399)
  • THE SEARCH FOR ?UWA:EXEGETICAL METHOD,PAST AND PRESENT1 - by ANDREW RIPPIN (page 427)
  • WHO IS THE OTHER PARACLETE? - by JAN M. F. VAN REETH (page 451)
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