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FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet

Author: John Morrow

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

FYI Body: Linguists with expertise in Arabic and Persian are invited to contribute chapters for a peer-reviewed book on the treaties, letters, and covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, tentatively titled:

Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet.

Chapters may address: comparative linguistic analysis of the two variants of the Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, namely, the 1538 version discovered by Father Scaliger, and the version published by Gabriel Sionita in 1630; comparative studies of the translations of the covenants into Latin, French, English, and German; linguistic analysis of the covenants; stylistic
analysis of the covenants; discourse analysis of the covenants; linguistic evidence suggesting the scribes who copied these documents were not native Arabic-speakers; evidence of textual tampering; comparative language use between the covenants and the hadith literature; scribal errors and spelling mistakes in the covenants; dating of the covenants on the basis both language use and script; the covenants of the Prophet in light of Ottoman achtiname, ahidname or ahdname tradition; semantic
shifts in early Islamic terminology; the understanding of the term ahl al-kitab; the use of the first person singular in the covenants; the phrasing, nature, and intent of the promises; the phrasing of punishments to those who breached the covenants; the phrasing that indicated goals and hopes for future events; Christian terminology in the covenants; integration of hadith and Qur'an into the covenants; and other approved topics.

Deadline for Completed Studies:
September 1st, 2014

Please send your proposal along with a brief bio featuring your education, academic affiliation, and major publications to Dr. John Andrew Morrow, the Editor-in-Chief at:

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