Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Mark of Toledo's Latin Translation of the Qur'an in the Thirteenth Century

August 14, 2020  •  aymennjawad.org

Several years ago I provided a very brief overview of Latin translations of the Qur'an, contrasting the earliest one done by Robert of Ketton in the twelfth century with Ludovico Marracci's translation first published in 1698. The clearest difference there was the former's tendency to paraphrase versus the latter's much closer adherence to the original. There was however another Latin translation of the Qur'an that appeared in the early thirteenth century and was done by one Mark of Toledo, a canon working under Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, who was the archbishop of Toledo. Toledo had been a town of importance for Christian religious authority in the Iberian Peninsula prior to the Muslim conquest of most of the peninsula and returned to Christian control in 1085.

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Mozarabic Writings: The Life of Eulogius by Álvaro of Córdoba

August 5, 2020  •  aymennjawad.org

NB: For other Mozarabic writings:

. The Byzantine-Arabic Chronicle
. The Mozarabic Chronicle
. Correspondence between Álvaro of Córdoba and Speraindeo (/Speraindeus)
. Eulogius' Defence of the Martyrs of Córdoba

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Jama'at Ansar al-Islam Eid al-Adha Message: Translation & Analysis

August 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

The jihadist group Jama'at Ansar al-Islam- of Iraqi origin but primarily active in northwest Syria- released a message of congratulations to the Ummah (the global Muslim community) on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. The themes of the message are familiar, such as emphasising the need for the Ummah to take up the obligation of jihad and return entirely to the guidance of the Prophet and revive its glory. Only then, the message argues, will the joy of Eid be complete. More generally, the message highlights some ideas behind the Eid and the Hajj pilgrimage, such as migration in traversing long distances with the aim of pleasing God.

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'Put an Arrow in the Quiver of Islam'- New Campaign to Support Jihadist Groups in Syria

July 27, 2020 at 9:03 am

It is well established that the jihadist groups outside of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and not aligned with it do not have the same wealth and resources of HTS to support their efforts on the ground in northwest Syria. The difference lies in the fact that these groups exert no real control over territory. As a result, they cannot make money through means such as fees of border crossings, taxation for services and so on. Instead, they generally have to rely on outside contributions and things seized in raids and operations against enemies. The recent security campaigns of HTS against many of these groups have also added to their woes.

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The Tultusceptru from the Book of Lord Metobius: Early Latin Biography of the Prophet Muhammad

July 26, 2020  •  aymennjawad.org

The previous post on Eulogius' defence of the martyrs of Córdoba included an early Latin biography of the Prophet Muhammad. The biography was extremely disparaging in tone, accusing Muhammad of being driven by Satan and excess libido, while commanding his followers to butcher their opponents. At the same time, the biography does capture some concrete details about Muhammad's life that coincide with the traditional Islamic accounts, such as the appearance of the angel Gabriel to him, the composition of suras of the Qur'an and Muhammad's marriage to Zaynab bint Jahsh (who had been the wife of Zayd bin Haritha).

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