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IslamisationComparative Perspectives from History$
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A. C. S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417129

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.001.0001

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The Conversion Curve Revisited

The Conversion Curve Revisited

(p.69) 4 The Conversion Curve Revisited

Richard W. Bulliet

Edinburgh University Press

In 1970, I published ‘A Quantitative Approach to Medieval Muslim Biographical Dictionaries’ in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.1 Originally a part of my doctoral thesis, the article sought to derive fluctuations over time in traffic flows along the major caravan routes passing through Nishapur, a major city in north-eastern Iran, from the place names borne by the religious elite of that city during the first Islamic centuries. A second part of my submission was gently rejected by the editor. It dealt with a bell-shaped curve that traced the rise and fall in popularity of the personal names Muhammad, Ahmad, ʿAli, al-Hasan and al-Husain during the same period. Four years later, when I was teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, I was still puzzling over the bell-shaped curve of overtly religious Islamic naming.

Keywords:   Islam, Names, Conversion, Evidence, Muslim

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