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 Materials for the history of the Muhammadan doctrine of predestination and free will

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Author(s): Dougherty, Roberta L.
- Edward E. Salisbury Date: 1866 Original Language: English DescriptionThis article by Salisbury was originally presented to the American Oriental Society at its 20 May 1863 meeting. He indicates with some diffidence that this could very well be the first treatment of this subject in Western scholarship, and that his work may, therefore, be considered incomplete and in need of further development. The article is 77 pages in length, nearly half of which are devoted to an extended translation of the 12th-century philosopher al-Shahrastānī’s Kitāb al-milal wa-l-ni al ('Book of sects…

 On some of the relations between Islam and Christianity

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Author(s): Dougherty, Roberta L.
- Edward E. Salisbury Date: 1876 Original Language: English DescriptionThis 19-page article appeared in the  New Englander in 1876. In it, Salisbury notes that new approaches to the study of the text of the Qur’an and the ‘mines of Muslim tradition’ call for ‘studious men’ to examine the religion of Islam ‘with a simple desire to know the truth’. Islam is not to be compared with Christianity, although Christians should gratefully recognise the contributions of Islam’s great medieval philosophers, transmitters o…

Edward E. Salisbury

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Author(s): Dougherty, Roberta L.
Date of Birth: 6 April 1814 Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts Date of Death: 5 February 1901 Place of Death: New Haven, Connecticut BiographyEdward Elbridge Salisbury, descended from a wealthy and devout Congregationalist New England family, graduated from Yale College in 1832. After completing his studies in theology, he was admitted to the ministry in 1836. He then married, and he and his young wife departed for Europe on an extended honeymoon. During his travels, Salisbury received private lessons in German and…

 Contributions from original sources to our knowledge of the science of Muslim tradition

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Author(s): Dougherty, Roberta L.
- Edward E. Salisbury Date: 1862 Original Language: English DescriptionThis work is an article that was originally presented to the American Oriental Society at its biannual meeting in New York City on 27 October 1859. After acknowledging the contributions to Western knowledge of early Islamic history made by the earlier work of Gustav Weil ( Mohammed der Prophet and  Geschichte der chalifen), Aloys Sprenger ( Life of Mohammad), and William Muir ( Life of Mahomet and history of Islam to the era of the Hegira), Salisbury lays out the principles of the science of Hadith (categor…