Vorlesungen über den Islam.
First edition of Goldziher’s influential writings on Islam, which were originally intended to be read over the course of a lecture tour to the United States in 1907. However, Goldziher was suffering from ill-health and never made the journey, deciding instead to publish his lectures in book-form, with a few alterations. The subjects covered include Muhammad and his relationship to Islam, Sufism, the emergence of Islamic law, kalam (dogmatic theology) and the sects. It was reprinted several times, translated into English as The Development of Islamic Theology and Law and remains a highly influential work: along with his Muhammedanische Studien (Halle, 1889-90), it helped establish Goldziher’s reputation as the father of modern Islamic studies.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, white and tan endbands, frame to boards in blind, purple endpapers. Negligible rubbing to extremities, minor abrasion to rear board, very occasional underlining in pencil. An excellent copy.