Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Provides a chronological survey of the origins and subsquent spread of Islam thoughout the Middle East

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Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of Islam, from the seventh to the twenty-first century, this Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history, charting the evolution of what was originally a small, localized community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents. The book examines how Islam rose from the obscurity of seventh-century Arabia to the forefront of modern global concerns, and it highlights how we know what we claim to know about Islam's rise and development. Historian Adam J. Silverstein also discusses the peoples--Arabs, Persians, and Turks--who shaped Islamic history, and sheds light on three representative institutions--the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate--that highlight Islam's diversity over time. Finally, the book analyzes the roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys among Muslims, especially compared to its lowly place in Western societies where history is often seen as little more than something that is not to be repeated.

  • Provides a chronological survey of the origins and subsquent spread of Islam thoughout the Middle East
  • Demonstrates the rich, cultural, and religious diversity of Islamic societies
  • Explores the stories, sources, and significance of Islamic history and considers the way it might have
  • shaped the present state of Islamic societies and its future
  • Relates the subject's relevance to the modern world
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - millions of copies sold worldwide
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EAN 13 / ISBN9780199545728
AuthorAdam J. Silverstein
ManufacturerOxford University Press
PublisherOxford University Press
Year Published2010
Width4.4 In
Length6.9 In