M. J. Kister made a major contribution to the study of the spiritual, religious, economic and social aspects of pre- and early Islamic periods. Thanks to his meticulous studies we now know a lot more about the history of Islam’s sacred cities, al-Ḥīra’s relations with the tribes of eastern Arabia, Mecca's rise to prominence, the tribes of Quraysh, Tamīm and Quḍāʿa, early Islamic institutions and many other topics that caught his interest.
Read M. J. Kister's Articles
Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 24 (2000): 217-45
Le Muséon 76 (1963): 403-417
Meir J. Kister (1914-2010), Professor of Arabic language and literature