Bergen Studies on the Middle East and Africa
Bergen Studies on the Middle East and Africa is a series of monographs from younger scholars at the University of Bergen. Based on previously unpublished dissertations, it covers the humanities and social sciences, with an emphasis on Islamic Africa and the Near East.
Anne K. Bang, The Idrisi state in 'Asir, 1906-1934: Politics, religion and personal prestige as statebuilding factors in early twentieth-century Arabia
[1996; viii, 203 pp.; £ 25]. ISBN 1-85065-306-2.
In 1906, a new state was created in Asir on the border between Yemen and the Hijaz. This study traces its rise and fall, and its attempt to find a basis between great power politics and the personal and religious prestige of its founder, Muhammad al-Yamani al-Idrisi. It includes the text and translation of al-Idrisi's treatise, Bayan li'l-nas.
Herbjørn Jenssen, The Subtleties and Secrets of the Arabic Language: Preliminary Investigations into al-Qazwini's Talkhis al-miftah
[1998, x, 146 pp.; £ 22]. ISBN 1-85065-307-0
Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Rahman al-Qazwini (d. 1398), while a qadi in Baghdad, was also a scholar on the Arabic language. This study of one of his major works sees him as a product of the madrasa system of the period, and views the relations between meaning (ma'ani) and rhetoric (balagha), together with a discussion of Western scholarship on balagha.
Knut S. Vikør, The Oasis of Salt: The History of Kawar, a Saharan Centre of Salt Production
[1999; xii, 342 pp.; £ 25]. ISBN 1-85065-308-9.
Kawar is an oasis region in the absolute centre of the Sahara, whose existence depends on the vast quantities of salt it produced and traded to the south. This is a study of its history from the classical sources down to the colonial occupation in 1906, and of the region's salt trade economy in the pre-colonial period.
Camilla Trud Nereid, In the Light of Said Nursi: Turkish Nationalism and the Religious Alternative
[1997; x, 121 pp.; £ 22]. ISBN 1-85065-309-7.
The Nurcu movement has maintained a religious-political opposition to the Turkish state since it was founded. This main cause has often been seen in the state's secularism, this study refutes this and focuses on the differing views on Turkish nationalism as the main reason for the repression of the movement.
Sudanic Africa: A Journal of Historical Sources is an international journal that presents and discusses sources for the history of the Sudanic belt of Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian ocean. It typically includes edited texts in Arabic or other languages, with translations and contextual comment, but also articles on method and reviews. It is published annually in a volume of c. 150-200 pages. Previous volumes and subscriptions (ind. $20, inst. $30) are available from:
Sudanic Africa, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bergen, Nygårdsgt. 5, N-5015 Bergen, Norway.
Phone: +47-5558 2647, Fax +47-5558 9891, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Texts and sources
A new series of monographs under the imprint of Sudanic Africa, it contains sources for the study of Africa in and the regions south of the Sahara.
Knut S. Vikør, Sources for Sanusi Studies
[1996; ix, 247 pp.; £ 25]. ISBN 1-85065-310-0.
A source volume with bio-bibliographical material on nineteenth-century Maghrebi Sufism generally and the Sanusiya order and its founder in particular. It also includes the Arabic text of the Fuyudat al-Rabbaniya of Ahmad al-Sharif al-Sanusi and the Risala fi 'l-ijtihad of Hasan al-'Attar.
Fontes Historiae Africanae Bulletin of Information: Selected articles 1979-1987
[forthc.; c. 150 pp.; £ 17].
A collection of articles from the out-of-print and rare FHA Bulletin, the predecessor to Sudanic Africa. Revised by their authors for this republication.
Nordic Research on the Middle East
These are books produced by MESA's sister organization in Scandinavia, the Nordic Society for Middle Eastern studies. The series include volumes of selected papers from the triannual Nordic conferences and other material documenting and presenting the research milieus there.
Bo Utas and Knut S. Vikør (eds.), The Middle East Viewed from the North (Papers from the 1st Nordic conference on Middle Eastern Studies, Uppsala 1989)
[1992; viii, 211 pp.; £ 18]. ISBN 1-85065-312-7.
Heikki Palva and Knut S. Vikør (eds.), The Middle East - Unity and Diversity (Papers from the 2nd Nordic conference on Middle Eastern Studies, Copenhagen 1992)
[1993; viii, 248 pp.; £ 18]. ISBN 1-85065-313-5.
M'hammed Sabour and Knut S. Vikør (eds.), Ethnic Encounter and Culture Change (Papers from the 3rd Nordic conference on Middle Eastern Studies, Joensuu 1995)
[1997; viii, 270 pp.; £ 18, ISBN 1-85065-311-9.
Bjørn Olav Utvik and Knut S. Vikør (eds.), The Middle East in a Globalized World (Papers from the 4th Nordic conference on Middle Eastern Studies, Oslo 1998)
[2000; xi, 269 pp.; £ 18], ISBN 1-85065-579-0.
Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Directory of Middle Eastern Studies in the Nordic Countries, 2000.
[2001; vii, 166 pp.; £ 15].
A triennial directory of research on the Middle East and Islam carried out at the Nordic universities, by members of the Nordic Society.
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