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