The Roots of Arabic Genealogy
A Study in Historical Anthropology
Documenta et monographiæ I.
Year of release: 2003
Number of pages: 224
Consisting of four chapters, the book explores the origins and later development of genealogical concepts in Arabic-speaking societies. The first two chapters survey various theories of the formation of ʽilm al-nasab, the reasons for its persistency throughout history, the functioning of nasab in a nomadic setting, the role of intellectuals in the creation of many genealogical concepts, moreover, offer a radically new model for the rise of . The third chapter discusses the development of systematic genealogy: the collection and systematisation of the genealogical material in addition to Muslim methods of nasab criticism. The last chapter deals with the roles of genealogy in the Muslim societies of later centuries.