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Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
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ISLAMIC HISTORY: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

PAPERBACK BY SILVERSTEIN, ADAM J. (SENIOR LECTURER IN JEWISH STUDIES AND THE ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON)

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9780199545728
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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 
 
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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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PAPERBACK
PAGES
176 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
DEC 2010

DESCRIPTION

Does history matter? This book argues not that history matters, but that Islamic history does. This Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history; the controversies surrounding its study; and the significance that it holds - for Muslims and for non-Muslims alike. Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of Islam, from the seventh to twenty first century, the book charts the evolution of what was originally a small, localised community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents. Chapters are also dedicated to the peoples - Arabs, Persians, and Turks - who shaped Islamic history, and to three representative institutions - the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate - that highlight Islam's diversity over time. Finally, the roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts are analysed, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys amongst Muslims, especially compared to its lowly place in Wester

CONTENTS

1. The story of Islamic history ; 2. Peoples and cultures ; 3. Institutions ; 4. The sources ; 5. Competing approaches ; 6. Religious significance ; 7. Political significance ; Conclusions ; Further reading