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978-1-4985-5266-0 • Hardback • November 2017 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-5267-7 • eBook • November 2017 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Sami Helewa is assistant professor of religious studies and director of Catholic studies at Campion College, University of Regina.
Chapter One: The Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ: Between Religious and Cultivated Literature
Chapter Two: Historical Context
Chapter Three: Just Leadership
Chapter Four: Friendship
Chapter Five: Enmity
Chapter Six: Final Thoughts
S. Helewa's book is a brilliant and innovative exposition of the role and significance of the tales of the ancient prophets in medieval Islam. The way that Helewa analyses the tales of the prophets as myths and hagiographical legends is impressive, and equally impressive is the way that the author analyzes the relationship between such myths or legends and other genres of Arabic literature, including Muslim biographies. Helewa is tremendously successful in interrogating the categories that scholars have used to understand the tales of the prophets and in challenging assumptions that scholars have brought to the study of this genre.
— Tariq Jaffer, Amherst College