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The city of the moon god : religious traditions of Harran

Author: Tamara M Green
Publisher: Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1992.
Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 114.
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This study treats the religious and intellectual history of the city of Harran (Eastern Turkey) from biblical times down to the establishment of Islam. The author starts from the well-known reference in the Qur'an and the early Islamic histories to the people of Harran as Sabians, one of the 'peoples of the book.' The author unravels strands of religious tradition in Harran that run from the old Semitic planetary  Read more...
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Green, Tamara M.
City of the moon god
(DLC) 91039380
(OCoLC)24872476
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tamara M Green
ISBN: 9789004301429 9004301429
OCLC Number: 944920116
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 232 pages)
Contents: THE CITY OF THE MOON GOD; CONTENTS; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter One: Harranian Religion: from the City's Foundation to the Fall of Nabonidus; Historical backgrounds: 2000-539 B.C.E.; Harranian Religion; Introduction; The Moon God; The Moon God as Fertility Deity; Fertility and the Underworld; The Moon God and the Demonic World; The ""Lamp of Heaven"" and Prophecy; The Moon God and the Power of Kings; The Moon, Astral Religion and Astrology in Mesopotamia; Chapter Two: Harranian Religion: from Alexander to the Muslim Conquest; Historical backgrounds: 539 B.C.E.-640 C.E. Alexander the Great and the SeleucidsParthians and Arabs; Harran in the Roman Period (65 B.C.E. -363 C.E.); From Julian to the Muslim Conquest (363-639 C.E.); The Religion of Harran: Survival and Continuity; Bath Nikkal, Ta&ratha and al&-U̔zza; The Moon and the Sun; The Gods at Sumatar Harabesi; My Lord with His Dogs; Chapter Three: Harranian Religion: Syncretism and Assimilation; The Identification of Traditions; Language and Texts; Christianity at Edessa; Persians and Semites; Greeks and the Near East; Greek Philosophers and the Traditions of Wisdom Hermes Trismegistus and the Hermetic TraditionChapter Four: Harran After the Muslim Conquest: Muslims and Sabians; Historical Backgrounds: 640-1271 C.E.; Harran and the Identity of the Harranians; Introduction; The Sabians of the Qur̕an: Chwolsohn and his critics; Chapter Five: Muslim Sources; Introduction; & Ilm and Fiqh; Kalam and Falsafah; Kalam and Esoteric Islam; The Writing of History; Chapter Six: Harranian Paganism and Islam; Introduction; The Calendars of the Catalog and the Chronology; Traditional Worship in the Catalog and the Chronology; The Moon God and Other Male Deities Al & --
Uzza, Ta & r atha and Bath NikkalEvidence for a Planetary Cult in the Catalog; Conclusions; Chapter Seven: Harran, Hermeticism and Esoteric Islam; Introduction; Greek Philosophy and Harran; Harran and the Hermetic Tradition; Harran and the Esoteric Sciences; Astrology; Alchemy; The ""Brethren of Purity"" and the Harranians; Conclusions; Chapter Eight: The Mysteries of the Sabians According to Muslim Sources; Introduction; The Catalog of Ibn al-Nadim; The ""Mystery to the North""; The Mysteries of the North and Mesopotamian Demonology; The Mysteries of the House of the Bughadharis The Mandaeans and the Sabian MysteriesThe ""Brethren of Purity"" and the Sabian Mysteries; The Aim of the Sage; Ma & s udi; Conclusions; Selected Bibliography; General Index
Series Title: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 114.
Responsibility: by Tamara M. Green.

Abstract:

This study treats the religious and intellectual history of the city of Harran (Eastern Turkey) from biblical times down to the establishment of Islam. The author starts from the well-known reference in the Qur'an and the early Islamic histories to the people of Harran as Sabians, one of the 'peoples of the book.' The author unravels strands of religious tradition in Harran that run from the old Semitic planetary cults through Hellenistic hermeticism, gnosticism, and Neo-Pythagoreanism and Christian cults to esoteric Islamic sects such as the Sufis and Shiites.
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