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Amhazun, Muhammad.Jerusalem, 2009
Tahqiq mawaqif al-sahabah fi al-fitnah : min riwayat al-Imam al-Tabari wa-al-muhaddithin.
تحقيق مواقف الصحابة في الفتنة : من روايات الإمام الطبرى والمحدثين
al-Qahirah : Dar Tibah : Dar al-Salam, 2005.
Divinity School Library DS38.2.T33 A44 2005 Check availability @ Duke
Arawī, ʻAbd Allāh.
Islam et histoire : essai d'épistémologie. Paris: GF Flammarion, 2001.
Perkins/Bostock Library BP50 .A63 2000 Check availability @ Duke
Boekhoff-van der Voort, Nicolet, et. al. eds.
The transmission and dynamics of the textual sources of Islam : essays in honour of Harald Motzki.
Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2011.
Divinity School Library BP20 .T73 2011 Check availability @ Duke
Bonine, Michael E. et al. (eds.)
Is there a Middle East? : the evolution of a geopolitical concept.
Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2012.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS44.9 .I8 2012 Check availability @ Duke
Table of Contents: Introduction : Is there a Middle East? : problematizing a virtual space / Abbas Amanat -- The Eastern question and the Ottoman Empire : the genesis of the Near and Middle East in the nineteenth century / Huseyin Yilmaz -- British and U.S. use and misuse of the term 'Middle East' / Roger Adelson -- Of maps and regions : where is the geographer's Middle East? / Michael E. Bonine -- Why are there no Middle Easterners in the Maghrib? / Ramzi Rouighi -- When did the Holy Land stop being holy? : surveying the Middle East as sacred geography / Daniel Martin Varisco -- The river's edge : the steppes of the Oxus and the boundaries of the Near/Middle East and Central Asia, c.1500-1800 / Arash Khazeni -- An Islamicate Eurasia : vernacular perspectives on the early modern world / Gagan D.S. Sood -- Scorched earth : the problematic environmental history that defines the Middle East / Diana K. Davis -- American global economic policy and the civic order in the Middle East / James L.! Gelvin -- The Middle East through the lens of critical geopolitics : globalization, terrorism, and the Iraq War / Waleed Hazbun -- Conclusion : There is a Middle East! / Michael Ezekiel Gasper.
Bosworth, Clifford Edmund.
The new Islamic dynasties : a chronological and genealogical manual.
New York : Columbia University Press, c1996.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS35.627 .B67 1996 Check availability @ Duke
Choueiri, Youssef M.
Modern Arab historiography : historical discourse and the nation-state.
London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS37.4 .C46 2003 Check availability @ Duke
Danişmend, İsmail Hami.
İzahlı Osmanlı tarihi kronolojisi.
İstanbul: Türkiye Yayınevi, 1971.
Library Service Center DR436 .D3 1971 Check availability @ Duke
Table of Contents: cilt 1. M. 1258-1512, H. 656-918 -- cilt 2. M. 1513-1573, H. 919-981 -- cilt 3. M. 1574-1703, H. 987-1115 -- cilt 4. M. 1703-1924, H. 1115-1342 -- cilt 5. Osmanlı devlet erkânı.
Donner, Fred McGraw.
Narratives of Islamic origins : the beginnings of Islamic historical writing.
Princeton, N.J. : Darwin Press, 1998.
Divinity School Library DS38.16 .D66 1998 Check availability @ Duke
Dūrī, ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz.
Awraq fi al-tarikh wa-al-hadarah.
‫ أوراق في التاريخ والحضارة
Bayrut : Dar al-Gharb al-Islami, 2007.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.16 .D87 2007 v.1-v.4 Check availability @ Duke
Notes: al-Juz 1. Awraq fi ilm al-tarikh = Papers on Arab historiography -- al-juz 2. Awraq fi al-tarikh al-iqtisadi = Papers on economic history -- al-juz 3. Awraq fi al-tarikh al-Arabi al-Islami = Papers on Arab history -- al-juz 4. Awraq fi al-fikr wa-al-thaqafah = Papers on Arabic culture.
Dūrī, ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz. / إشراف عبد العزيز الدوري.
al-Jāmiʻ li-nuṣūṣ al-iqtiṣād al-Islāmī / الجامع لنصوص الاقتصاد الاسلامي
Ammān : Muʼassasat Āl al-Bayt lil-Fikr al-Islāmī, Maktabat Ṣāliḥ ʻAbd Allāh Kāmil, 2002.
Perkins/Bostock Library Int.l & Area Studies Reading Room BP173.5 .J35 2002 5 vols. Check availability @ Duke
Dūrī, ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz.
The rise of historical writing among the Arabs.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1983.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.16 .D8713 1983 Check availability @ Duke
Faroqhi, Suraiya.
Approaching Ottoman history: an introduction to the sources.
Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Perkins/Bostock Library DR486 .F36 1999 Check availability @ Duke
Table of Contents: 1. Introduction -- 2. Entering the field -- 3. Locating Ottoman sources -- 4. Rural life as reflected in archival sources: selected examples -- 5. European sources on Ottoman history: the travellers -- 6. On the rules of writing (and reading) Ottoman historical works -- 7. Perceptions of empire: viewing the Ottoman Empire through general histories -- 8. Conclusion.
Faruqi, Nisar Ahmad.
Early Muslim historiography : a study of early transmitters of Arab history from the rise of Islam up to the end of Umayyad period, 612-750 A.D.
Delhi : Idarah-i Adabiyat-i Delli, 1979.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.16 .F37 1979 Check availability @ Duke
Gershoni, Israel et al.
Middle East historiographies : narrating the Twentieth Century.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2006.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS61.6 .M534 2006 Check availability @ Duke
Contents: Pt. 1 The state of the art. Introduction / Israel Gershoni and Amy Singer -- The historiography of the modern Middle East: transforming a field of study / R. Stephen Humphreys -- Pt. 2. Colonialism and nationalism. The historiography of World War I and the emergence of the contemporary Middle East / Charles D. Smith -- Twentieth-century historians and historiography of the Middle East: women, gender, and empire / Julia Clancy-Smith -- Reading genocide: Turkish historiography on the Armenian deportations and massacres of 1915 / Fatma Müge Göçek -- Pt. 3. Narratives of crisis. The theory of crisis and the crisis in a theory: intellectual history in twentieth-century Middle Eastern studies / Israel Gershoni -- The historiography of crisis in the Egyptian political economy / Ellis Goldberg -- Pt. 4. Emerging voices. On gender, history, . . . and fiction / Marilyn Booth -- Will that subaltern ever speak? Finding African slaves in the historiography of the Middle East / Eve M. Troutt Powell -- Muslim religious extremism in Egypt: a historiographical critique of narratives / Juan R. I. Cole -- Audiovisual media and history of the Arab Middle East / Walter Armbrust.
Haridi, Alexander.
Das Paradigma der "islamischen Zivilisation" - oder, Die Begründung der deutschen Islamwissenschaft durch Carl Heinrich Becker (1876-1933) : eine wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Untersuchung.
Würzburg : Ergon, c2005.
Divinity School Library BP49.5.B43 H353 2005 Check availability @ Duke
Heywood, Colin.
Writing Ottoman history : documents and interpretations.
Aldershot, Hampshire ; Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2002.
Perkins/Bostock DR486 .W75 2002 Check availability @ Duke
Hirschler, Konrad.
Medieval Arabic historiography : authors as actors.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS37.4 .H38 2006 Check availability @ Duke
Howard-Johnston, J. D.
Witnesses to a world crisis : historians and histories of the Middle East in the seventh century.
Oxford [England] ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.1 .H685 2010 Check availability @ Duke
Table of Contents: George of Pisidia: Life and early poems ; War poetry and religious poetry ; Official history of the Persian war and other late works ; Literary achievement ; Relations with the Emperor -- Two universal chronicles: Chronicon Paschale : general characteristics ; Chronicon Paschale : universal history ; Chronicon Paschale : documentary history of the recent past ; Chronicon Paschale : scope and authorship ; Chronicle of the year 724 : content and sources ; Chronicle of the year 724 : early seventh-century material ; Conclusion -- Seventh-century Eastern sources I : the History of Khosrov: the History of Khosrov and its authorship ; Scope and character ; Sources ; Editing ; Trustworthiness ; Conclusion --^ Later historians : Theophanes: Life and work ; Last Roman-Persian war : sources ; Last Roman-Persian war : editorial errors ; A historical text disinterred : the official history of Heraclius' Persian campaigns ; Arab conquests : sources and editing ; Battle for the Mediterranean 669-718 : sources and editing ; A historical text identified : the political memoirs of the Patrician Trajan ; Conclusion -- Later historians at work in Egypt, Iraq, and Iran: History of the patriarchs of Alexandria ; Chronicle of Seert ; Annals of Eutychius ; Khwadaynamag ('Book of Lords') -- Early Islamic historical writing: The Qur'an ; Early Islamic historical traditions ; Al-Tabari's account of the last Roman-Persian war ; Muslim accounts of the conquests (futuh) ; Disruptions in the historical narrative : the capture of Jerusalem and the first civil war (fitna) ; History of events from the end of the first civil war (661) to the siege of Constantinople (717-718) ; Conclusion --^ Later historians : the West Syrian Tradition: The lost History of Theophilus of Edessa and its derivatives ; Theophilus' account of the last Roman-Persian War ; Theophilus' account of the rise of Islam ; Theophilus on international relations and domestic crises (641-661) ; Theophilus evidence on Arab grand strategy before and after the second civil war ; Editorial treatment of Theophilus' work in later histories ; Conclusion -- Later historians : Nicephorus: Life and historical writing ; Nicephorus' account of the period 603-641 : sources ; Nicephorus' account of the period 603-641 : historical value ; Later seventh- and early eighth-century history : Nicephorus' source ; Nicephorus' account of Roman-Arab relations : historical value ; Conclusion --^ Seventh-century Eastern sources II : the History to the year 682 and the Khuzistan Chronicle: History of Atropatene (Azerbaijan) from the beginning of time ; A historical text disinterred : the History to the year 682 ; Information about Turks and Arabs ; Editing ; History to 682 : reliability and historical contribution ; Khuzistan chronicle ; Conclusion -- Supplementary Roman sources of the seventh century I: Works written in Constantinople ; Evidence from Asia Minor ; Evidence from the Balkans, Italy, and North Africa ; Two show-trials in Constantinople in the 650s -- Supplementary Roman sources of the seventh century II: Propaganda and lives of saints from Palestine ; Sophronius, poet and patriarch ; The Maronite chronicle ; Evidence about Egypt in the early seventh century ; A detailed narrative of the Arab conquest of Egypt ; Conclusion --^ The Middle East in the seventh century : a new world order: Battle for the Mediterranean : phase II ; Second civil war, 682-692 ; The early Muslim state ; Siege of Constantinople, 717-718 ; Byzantium and Islam. The life of the prophet: Islamic traditions about sixth-century Arabia ; Rise of Mecca ; Historical value of the biography of the prophet (sira) ; The settlement of Hudaybiya ; Triumph and triumphalism -- Historians of the Middle East in the seventh century: Modest aims and respect for evidence ; General characteristics of non-Islamic historical writing ; General characteristics of early Islamic historical writing ; Coverage of extant historical sources ; Substantive history -- The Middle East in the seventh century : the great powers, Arabia, and the Prophet: The last Roman-Persian war, 603-630 ; The Prophet and his followers ; Confrontation and conciliation -- The Middle East in the seventh century : Arab conquests: Conquest of the Middle East ; Reasons for Muslim success ; Battle for the Mediterrannean : phase I ; The first civil war, 656-661 --^
Hoyland, Robert (ed.)
Muslims and others in early Islamic society.
Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.1 .M876 2004  Check availability @ Duke
Iggers, Georg G.
A global history of modern historiography.
Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson Longman, 2008.
Perkins/Bostock Library D13 .I34 2008 Check availability @ Duke
... * The Middle East (p. 32) * The rise of Islam and the origin of Muslim historiography (p. 33) * Main styles in Muslim historiography (p. 35) * The bureaucratization and secularization of historiography (p. 36) * The decline of the Muslim world and Muslim historiography? (p. 37) * ... * Nationalism and the transformation of Muslim historiography (p. 82) * The Muslim 'discovery' of Europe (p. 82) * Whose pharaohs? - (re)writing the history of Egypt (p. 87) * National identity and historical writing (p. 91) * Bridging the old and the new: the 'encyclopedists' and the 'neo-chroniclers' (p. 95) * Nationalism and the transformation of Indian historiography (p. 97) * Historiography during early colonialism (p. 97) * The new pedagogy and the emergence of a modern historical consciousness (p. 100) * Religious revivalism and the search for a glorious past (p. 101) * The birth of the rationalist paradigm (p. 104) * The birth of the nationalist paradigm (p. 105) * Nationalism, communalism and historical writing (p. 107) * Secular narratives and the emergence of economic nationalism (p. 108) ... 5. The appeal of nationalist history around the world: historical studies in the Middle East and Asia in the twentieth century (p. 194) * Ottomanism, Turkism and Egyptianization: nationalist history in the Middle East (p. 194) * The rise of modern education (p. 194) * Writing Turkish history in/for modern Turkey (p. 197) * The Egyptianization of historical writing (p. 201) * Academic history and national politics (p. 207) * Nationalism, scientism, and Marxism: modern historiography in East and South East Asia (p. 208)  ...  * Nationalist historiography in modern India (p. 227) * Late nineteenth-century antecedents: romantic nationalism (p. 227) * The role of religion in nationalist historiography (p. 230) * The nation as history and history as science (p. 232) * The romance of the local and the emergence of alternative narratives (p. 234) * The nation re-imagined: the Nehruvian synthesis (p. 237) * Post-independence historiography: old and new trajectories (p. 238) * Towards a social science history (p. 241)  ...  * Postcolonialism (p. 281) * The Subaltern Studies (p. 284)  ... 7. The rise of Islamism and the ebb of Marxism: historical writings in late twentieth-century Asia and the Middle East (p. 317) * The ebb and flow of Marxist historiography in East and South East Asia (p. 317)  ...  * Islamism and Islamic historiography: the Cold War and beyond (p. 337) * Globalizing Islamic historiography (p. 337) * The interplay of history and historiography (p. 339) * Edward Said and the critique of Orientalism (p. 342) * The appeal of Marxism and socialism (p. 344) * The Islamic revival: Islamism and nationalism (p. 348) * History and politics: the challenges to nationalist historiography (p. 351) * 8. Historiography after the Cold War, 1990-2007: a critical retrospect (p. 364) * The globalization of the world (p. 364) * The reorientation of historical studies (p. 367) * The cultural and the linguistic turn (p. 368) * Feminist and gender history (p. 371) * Redefining the alliance between history and the social sciences (p. 375) * New challenges to nationalist history (p. 380) * World history, global History and history of globalization (p. 387) * Glossary (p. 402) * Further reading (p. 410) * Index (p. 425)
Khalidi, Tarif.
Arabic historical thought in the classical period.
Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.16 .K445 1994 Check availability @ Duke
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Lockman, Zachary.
Workers and working classes in the Middle East : struggles, histories, historiographies.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c1994.
Perkins/Bostock Library 305.5620956 W926, 1994 Check availability @ Duke
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Lorimer, John Gordon, 1870-1914.
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Omān, and Central Arabia.
Amersham, Gregg, 1970.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS326 .L67 1970 v.1-2 Check availability @ Duke Table of Contents: v. 1. Historical. 4 v.--v. 2. Geographical and statistical. 2 v.
Noth, Albrecht.
The early Arabic historical tradition : a source-critical study.
Princeton, N.J. : Darwin Press, 1994.
Divinity School Library DS38.16 .N67213 1994 Check availability @ Duke
Netton, Ian Richard.
Islamic and Middle Eastern geographers and travellers.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Perkins/Bostock Library G93 .I75 2008 Check availability @ Duke
Contents: v. I. Medieval geographers and travellers -- v. II. The travels of Ibn Jubayr -- v. III. The travels of Ibn Battuta -- v. IV. The post-medieval and early modern period. For detailed table of contents click here.
Note: Includes some source texts in Arabic.
Peacock, A. C. S. (Andrew C. S.)
Mediaeval Islamic historiography and political legitimacy : Balʻamī's Tārīkhnāma.
London ; New York: Routledge, 2007.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS38.2 .T325173 2007 Check availability @ Duke
Table of Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Politics, religion and culture in the late Sāmānid state -- The transmission of the Tārīkhnāma's text -- Balʻamī's reshaping of Ṭabarī's history -- The contents and purpose of Balʻamī's alterations to Ṭabarī's History -- The Tārīkhnāma after Balʻamī -- General conclusions -- Comparison of postulated redactions of the Tārīkhnāma -- Comparison of the Arabic translation of the Tārīkhnāma and the Persian text -- Addenda and corrigenda to Daniel's "An annotated inventory of Balʻamī's manuscripts" -- Bibliography -- Subject index -- Manuscript index.
Robinson, Chase F.
Islamic historiography.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Divinity School Library 297.0722 R658, I82, 2003 Check availability @ Duke
Contents: Part I. Origins and Categories: 1. Origins 2. The emergence of genre 3. Consequences and models 4. Three categories: biography, prosopography, chronography Part II. Contexts: 5. Historiography and traditionalism 6. Historiography and society 7. God and models of history 8. Historians and the truth Part III. How Historians Worked: 9. Vocations and professions 10. Writing history Conclusion.
Rosenthal, Franz, 1914-2003.
A history of Muslim historiography.
Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1952.
Library Service Center D198.2 .R67 1952 LSC Check availability @ Duke
Shaykh, Abd al-Rahman Abd Allah.
Ilm al-tarikh inda al-Muslimin.
علم التاريخ عند المسلمين

Misr al-Jadidah, al-Qahirah : al-Maktab al-Arabi lil-Maarif, 2006.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS37.7 .S53 2006 Check availability @ Duke
Singer, Amy et al. (eds)
Untold histories of the Middle East : recovering voices from the 19th and 20th centuries.
London ; New York: Routledge, 2011.
Perkins/Bostock Library DS49 .U58 2011 Check availability @ Duke
Table of Contents: Introduction : resounding silent voices / Selçuk Aksin Somel, Christoph K. Neumann, and Amy Singer -- Unraveling layers of gendered silencing : converted Armenian survivors of the 1915 catastrophe / Ayse Gül Altinay and Yektan Türkyilmaz -- Interfaith unions and non-Muslim wives in the early twentieth-century Alexandria Islamic courts / Hanan Kholoussy -- The silence of the pregnant bride : non-marital sex in Middle Eastern societies / Liat Kozma -- Silent voices within the elites : the social biography of a modern shaykh / Yoav Alon -- A nationalist discourse of heroism and treason : the construction of an "official" image of Çerkes Ethem (1886-1948) in Turkish historiography, and recent challenges / Bülent Bilmez -- On the margins of national historiography : the Greek Ittihatçi Emmanouil Emmanouilidis : opportunist or Ottoman patriot? / Vangelis Kechriotis -- The Ottoman Empire's absent nineteenth century : autonomous subjects / Christine Philliou -- Looking b! ehind Hajji Baba of Ispahan : the case of Mirza Abul Hasan Khan / Ilchi Shirazi Naghmeh Sohrabi -- Between the Balkan wars (1912-13) and the "Third Balkan War" of the 1990s : the memory of the Balkans in Arabic Writings / Eyal Ginio -- The courts of the Palestinian-Arab revolt, 1936-1939 / Mustafa Kabha -- Multiplicity or polarity : a discursive analysis of post-1908 violence in an Ottoman region / Meltem Toksöz.
Unat, Faik Reşit.
Hicrı̂ tarihleri milâdı̂ tarihe çevirme kılavuzu.
Ankara : Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi, 1974.
Perkins/Bostock International & Area Studies Reading Room CE59 .U5 1974 Check availability @ Duke
Wüstenfeld, Ferdinand.
Vergleichungs-Tabellen zur muslimischen und iranischen Zeitrechung mit Tafeln zur Umrechnung orient-christlicher Ären.
Mainz: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft; in Kommission bei F. Steiner, Wiesbaden, 1961.
Library Service Center 529.3 W959V Check availability @ Duke
Description: 3., verb. und erweiterte Aufl. der "Vergleichungs-Tabellen der mohammedanischen und christlichen Zeitrechnung" unter Mitarbeit von Joachim Mayr neu bearb. von Bertold Spuler.