Futūḥ al-buldān
Sources for the study of Islamic societes
Nicola Melis (University of Cagliari) and Mauro Nobili (University of Cape Town) announce the publication of a new series entitled Futūḥ al-buldān under their general editorship, in collaboration with other Italian and international partners. The Futūḥ al-buldān is a well-known work of al-Balāḏurī, one of the most important Muslim historians who lived in the third century of hijra. The reference to classical Muslim historiography in the collection’s title is coupled with the semantic spectrum of the Arabic root of the word fatḥ. It refers to ‘military conquest’, as well as to the idea of ‘open’, ‘begin’, ‘reveal’. Thus, the title of the series is a tribute to the great Muslim historian as well as a synthesis of the ideological framework that underlies the Futūḥ al-buldān series, which is to disclose pieces of history of the Muslim societies.The series aims at publishing original works with a multidisciplinary approach, in the field of Islamic history and culture, drawing connections between the past and the present. The series will offer junior and experienced scholars the opportunity to present alternative readings and approaches. It will give an accessible overview of a specific aspect or topic. Futūḥ al-buldān wishes to challenge the persistent Eurocentric attitude providing studies based uniquely on European sources. At the same time, it seeks to go beyond the specialist approach focused almost exclusively on the study of the “classical” Islamic sources (i.e., based on Arabic, Persian and Turkish) and on the very ‘core of the Islamic world’. Accordingly, the series will highlight those languages and specific areas of the Islamic world wrongly regarded as secondary and of minor importance. All essays will be doubleblind peer reviewed.
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