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The construction of knowledge in Islamic civilization

Quda¯ma b. Ja'far and his Kita¯b al-Khara¯j wa-s?ina¯`at al-kita¯ba

The construction of knowledge in Islamic civilization by P.L. Heck
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This study examines the role of the state in the construction of knowledge in Islamic civilization in its early classical period (3rd/9th and 4th/10th centuries). Different voices representing different social groups - savants, litterateurs, religious scholars, state officials - all brought their particular conception of knowledge to bear on the formation of the various branches of knowledge known to Islamic civilization.

Reading the works of various branches of knowledge alongside the administrative encyclopaedia of Qudama b. Ja'far (died 337/948), a state official in the employ of the Abbasid dynasty, serves to highlight the particular point of view of the state in the intellectual and cultural dialogue of the day. At the same time, this approach has shown Islamic civilization to be as much a dialogue of values between the different social groups of the day as a series of events or collection of ideas.

BRILL; January 2002
298 pages; ISBN 9789047401230
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Title: The construction of knowledge in Islamic civilization
Author: P.L. Heck
 
ISBNs
9047401239
9789004123403
9789047401230