(By detailed examination of the literary sources, talking ...)
By detailed examination of the literary sources, talking and living with Tuareg scholars, the author is able to place the contribution of Tuaregs in its true setting.
(Norris illustrates from a wide range of sources the many ...)
Norris illustrates from a wide range of sources the many channels through which the Arabs and Persians were linked with Balkan peoples, especially after the Ottoman conquest, in their art, architecture, literature, and religion – direct contacts were also forged through Sufism.
(A detailed description of the various Sufi orders and mov...)
A detailed description of the various Sufi orders and movements which entered into the Balkans, the Crimean peninsula and other parts of Eastern Europe following the Ottoman conquests.
(In the first historical study of the Qipchq Tatars commun...)
In the first historical study of the Qipchq Tatars community, Harry Norris investigates the earliest contacts between the Baltic peoples and the world of Islam.
H. T. Norris has been associated with the University of London and its School of Oriental and African Studies where he has served first as a senior lecturer, later as an assistant professor, and finally as a full professor.
One of his first books on the Islamic religion was 1968’s ‘Shinqiti Folklore and Song’. With native scholar Mukhtar wuld Hamidun al-Daymani assisting him, Norris gave a translated look at the highly poetic society of the Shinqiti, a Muslim people who reside on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritania and in parts of the Sahara Desert.
In his 1975 volume ‘The Tuareg: Their Islamic Legacy and Its Diffusion in the Sahel’, the scholar provided a glimpse into a little-known nomadic people who live in the central Sahara Desert and the Sahel region. The volume was followed by a 1980 translation of a famed Arabic world romantic tale, ‘The Adventures of Antar’.
Other volumes by H. T. Norris center on similar studies of the Arabic presence in Africa. 1982’s ‘The Berbers in Arabic Literature’ looked at the presence of these North African people in writings of the Islamic world as well as in their own works of literature. The 1986 work ‘The Arab Conquest of the Western Sahara’ examined the history of this part of northwest Africa. Four years later, Norris published ‘Sufi Mystics of the Niger Desert: Sidi Mahmud and the Hermits of Air’.
Moving out of the study of the Islamic presence in Africa, the scholar explored its reach onto the continent of Europe in the 1993 volume ‘Islam and the Balkans: Religion and Society between Europe and the Arab World’. He chronicles the early and modern history of the Muslim peoples of Bosnia, Albania, and in other regions of southern Europe, and shows their links both with one another’s distinctive cultures as well as to the Arabic world centered in the Middle East.
The latest books by Norris include a 2006 volume ‘Popular Sufism in Eastern Europe’ and a 2007 work ‘Islam in the Baltic’.
Nowadays, Norris is a professor emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
(Norris illustrates from a wide range of sources the many ...)1993
(A detailed description of the various Sufi orders and mov...)2006
(By detailed examination of the literary sources, talking ...)1975
(In the first historical study of the Qipchq Tatars commun...)2009
(The book contains a collection of representative Hassaniy...)1968