"Cooperson’s translation is uncommonly deft… On the whole, this translation is a grand success. It will be valuable for teachers to illustrate early Islamic piety, early Islamic law, early Sunni theology, and everyday life in Baghdad."
—Christopher Melchert , Journal of Islamic Studies
“Michael Cooperson’s fluid translation is accompanied by substantial notes and a glossary of names and terms.”
"One hundred chapters and over 150,000 words of Munaqib Abi Allah Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Hanbal pulsate with energy; these pages are vibrant with events of extraordinary nature, and they contain hundreds of facets of individual and collective lives of a bygone era; Cooperson’s translation captures the soul of the book."
“Gives readers a unique vantage point into the life and piety of the namesake of the Hanbali school of Sunni law… Ibn al-Jawzi, drawing on earlier reports, reconstructs the life and morality of his hero as a complex, earnest, and playful man; Cooperson’s dynamic and accessible translation brings this last quality to the surface to an extent that would surprise many modern readers with preconceptions about Hanbalism.”
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