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By Kathryn A. Miller

ISBN-10: 0231136129

ISBN-13: 9780231136129

Muslim enclaves inside of non-Islamic polities are generally believed to were beleaguered groups present process relentless cultural and spiritual decline. bring to a halt from the Islamic international, those Muslim teams, it's assumed, passively yielded to political, social, and fiscal forces of assimilation and acculturation prior to ultimately accepting Christian dogma.

Kathryn A. Miller notably reconceptualizes what she calls the exclave event of medieval Muslim minorities. by means of targeting the criminal students ( faqihs) of fifteenth-century Aragonese Muslim groups and translating little-known and newly came across texts, she finds a sustained attempt to hook up with Muslim coreligionaries and guard perform and trust within the face of Christian impacts. dedicated to securing and disseminating Islamic wisdom, those neighborhood gurus intervened in Christian courts on behalf of Muslims, supplied Arabic translations, and taught and steered different Muslims. Miller follows the actions of the faqihs, their discussion with Islamic gurus in close by Muslim polities, their engagement with Islamic texts, and their pursuit of conventional beliefs of religion. She demonstrates that those neighborhood students performed a serious function as cultural mediators, developing scholarly networks and communal unity regardless of residing in an atmosphere ruled by means of Christianity.

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