Focusing on issues of interpretation, this book collects and
translates a number of medieval mi'raj accounts. The narratives of
Muhammad's heavenly journey offer a prism through which to view the
medieval elite's communal, political and theological motives. These
accounts reveal the historiographic process in which a single event
becomes a focal point for those struggling to define the past and
establish a communal, confessional and political identity by
reporting the apparant facts about a particular moment in time. In
other words, these tales have real stakes for both their authors
and their audiences, and shed light on Muslim communal concerns
from the late eighth through to the fourteenth century. Brooke
Olson Vuckovic's groundbreaking study provides readers access to
the documentation and translation of these lesser-known Arabic
texts, and uncovers their role in building a meaningful, cohesive
and coherent Muslim community in medieval times.
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