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Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam (Formation of the Classical Islamic World) [Hardcover]

Averil Cameron

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28 April 2013 Formation of the Classical Islamic World
This volume reflects the huge upsurge of interest in the Near East and early Islam currently taking place among historians of late antiquity. At the same time, Islamicists and Qur'anic scholars are also increasingly seeking to place the life of Muhammad and the Qur'an in a late antique background. Averil Cameron, herself one of the leading scholars of late antiquity and Byzantium, has chosen eleven key articles that together give a rounded picture of the most important trends in late antique scholarship over the last decades, and provide a coherent context for the emergence of the new religion. A substantial introduction, with a detailed bibliography, surveys the present state of the field, as well as discussing some recent themes in Qur'anic and early Islamic scholarship from the point of view of a late antique historian. The volume also provides an invaluable introduction to recent scholarship, making clear the ferment of religious change that was taking place across the Near East before, during and after the lifetime of Muhammad. It will be essential reading for Islamicists and late antique students and scholars alike.

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Averil Cameron taught at King's College London before she returned to Oxford in 1994 as Warden of Keble College. She retired as Warden in 2010 and is enjoying having more time to write and go to the lectures and seminars she often missed before. Her book The Byzantines, 2006, won the Criticos Prize and she spoke at the Oxford and Hay literary festivals on her new book, Byzantine Matters, in 2014. She is currently exploring the subject of Socratic dialogues written by Christian authors from the early Christian period until the end of Byzantium, on which see her Dialoguing in Late Antiquity, 2014.

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Professor Dame Averil Cameron currently holds a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship at the University of Oxford, UK

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