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1. Preliminaries

1. Preliminaries  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0001
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Every society has its sacred texts. What these texts share, despite their variety, is their centrality to their respective cultures. ‘Preliminaries’ gives a brief sketch of the history of ... More
1. The Story

1. The Story  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0001
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‘The story’ provides an overview of the rise of Islam from the seventh to twenty first century. It begins in Arabia with Muhammad's emigration from Mecca to Medina in 622 and the creation ... More
13. Doubts and puzzles

13. Doubts and puzzles  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0013
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There is a certain amount of obscurity in the text of the Koran. There are clusters of linguistic puzzles in it, and translations can do no more than gloss over or guess. ‘Doubts and ... More
3. Making Egyptian art and architecture

3. Making Egyptian art and architecture  

Christina Riggs

in Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781261
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682782.003.0003
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‘Making Egyptian art and architecture’ looks at the evidence for how artists, craftspeople, and architects, such as Irtysen from around 2000 bc, learned their trades and carried out their ... More
12. The Koran in the lifetime of the Prophet

12. The Koran in the lifetime of the Prophet  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0012
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Why are the passages in the Koran ordered in the way they are? The revelation was transmitted orally by Gabriel to Muḥammad, who recited it, and had scribes write it down. Did Muḥammad ... More
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Cook

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.001.0001
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The Koran: A Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture, by looking at the Koran as codex, as ... More
3. Hieroglyphs and art

3. Hieroglyphs and art  

Penelope Wilson

in Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776083
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805027.003.0003
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Hieroglyphs were for the gods and elite. They were used to express the special relationship between the two. They provided an exalted mode of communication within a formal ritualistic ... More
9. Personal myths: myth and popular religion

9. Personal myths: myth and popular religion  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0010
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Myths come from a culture rather than an individual. Myths are modified as they are told, but it's a communal process. However, in Ancient Egypt, myths could be applied in personal ways to ... More
7. The big fight: conflict and reconciliation

7. The big fight: conflict and reconciliation  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0008
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‘The Contendings of Horus and Seth’ is one of the longest narratives to survive from Ancient Egypt and is one of the most controversial. It has been used to analyse many questions about ... More
2. Mythology and history

2. Mythology and history  

Ali M. Ansari

in Iran: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781315
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669349.003.0002
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‘Mythology and history’ describes the combined mythological and historical narratives that have had a powerful influence on contemporary Iranian identity. The mythological dynasties and ... More
6. Religious Significance

6. Religious Significance  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0006
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‘Religious significance’ considers the contrasting views of Islamists and Modernists. How they clash on how to read early Islamic history — literally (Islamists), or each episode within its ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0008
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There are three questions in the story of Islamic history. What happened? How do we know this? Why does it matter? The Introduction takes a brief look at the geography of Islam now and in ... More
5. Competing Approaches

5. Competing Approaches  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0005
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Why are Islam, and Islamic history particularly, exempt from established rules of historical enquiry? How do the views of Muslim and non-Muslim historians compare? ‘Competing approaches’ ... More
6. The decipherment of Egyptian

6. The decipherment of Egyptian  

Penelope Wilson

in Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776083
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805027.003.0006
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Scholars have been trying to decipher hieroglyphs since they were first discovered. ‘The decipherment of Egyptian’ charts the history of the various attempts from the 17th century onwards ... More
5. Scribes and everyday writing

5. Scribes and everyday writing  

Penelope Wilson

in Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776083
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805027.003.0005
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Creating hieroglyphic text was a highly-valued skill. It involved many different artists: scribes, craftsmen, draftsmen, and sculptors. ‘Scribe and everyday writing’ looks at the people who ... More
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction  

Geraldine Pinch

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775802
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.001.0001
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9780192803467
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction explores the cultural and historical background behind a wide variety of sources and objects on Egyptian mythology, from Cleopatra's ... More
Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction  

Adam J. Silverstein

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.001.0001
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9780199545728
Why does Islamic history matter? Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction answers this question by introducing the story of Islamic history, the controversies surrounding its study, and ... More
6. Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender

6. Identity: issues of ethnicity, race, and gender  

Ian Shaw

in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776694
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.003.0006
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9780192854193
Questions of identity pervade the subject of Egyptology. What was it like to be an ancient Egyptian? How did they distinguish themselves from their neighbouring nations? ‘Identity: issues ... More
Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction  

Penelope Wilson

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Aug 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776083
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805027.001.0001
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9780192805027
Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction explores the cultural significance of this script with an emphasis on previously neglected areas such as cryptography and the continuing ... More
2. Divine words: language and myth

2. Divine words: language and myth  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775802
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0003
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chapter
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9780192803467
Knowledge of Egyptian mythology has come together from many different sources written at different times and in different languages and scripts. ‘Divine words: language and myth’ looks at ... More

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