Pages: 144
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: Illustrations


Michael Cooperson

An insight into the life and times of al-Ma'mum, the Abbasid caliph best known for sponsoring the translation of Greek philosophy into Arabic.
9781851683864 (5 Sep 2005)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

This accessible biography treats al-Ma'mum (786-833) as the product of his age, which was a formative period in the development of Islamic law and theology. It presents him in his many facets: rebel, rationalist, scientist, poet, politician, warrior, inquisitor, and self-proclaimed defender of the faith. Drawing on contemporary sources, some friendly and others hostile, it offers a comprehensive portrait of a fascinating figure in Islamic history.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 144
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations Illustrations


About the Author

Michael Cooperson is Associate Professor of Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Classical Arabic Biography: The Heirs of the Prophet in the Age of al-Ma'mun.