Historical Atlas of the Islamic World

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World

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By (author) Malise Ruthven, By (author) Azim Nanji

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 272mm x 24mm | 1,138g
  • Publication date: 9 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198609973
  • ISBN 13: 9780198609971
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout
  • Sales rank: 772,412

Product description

There is without question immense general and academic interest in the Islamic world at present. After the attacks on New York and Washington in September 2001 and the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, 'Islamic Fundamentalism' has come to be seen by many people in the West as the primary threat to world peace. Although not all scholars would agree that we are heading for a 'Clash on Civilizations' between Islam and the West, few would dispute that Islamic and Western cultures have evolved very differently. It is impossible to have a real understanding of current Islam without first understanding the historical perspective. Malise Ruthven, author of many acclaimed works on Islam and the Islamic world, including "Fundamentalism", "A Fury of God: The Islamist Attack on America", and "Islam: A Very Short Introduction", and a regular commentator in the print and broadcast media, is ideally placed to provide this perspective. Thoroughly researched and very well written, the "Historical Atlas of the Islamic World" is concise, accessible, and authoritative. It spans the period from pre-Islamic late antiquity to the present day, incorporating recent patterns of emigration from Muslim-majority countries and the independence of the post-Soviet Muslim states of Central Asia. The maps use the latest design techniques to indicate the shifting nature of frontiers and population densities. In addition to historical maps of the changing internal and external boundaries of the Islamic World, there are maps showing the principle trade routes through which ideas and customs as well as goods were spread. Other maps and charts trace the rise and fall of Islamic dynasties and religious sects, the structure of cities, the distribution of minerals and water resources, agricultural patterns, and archaeological sites. The maps are accompanied by short essays on a wide range of themes, among them: all the countries and regions with Muslim majorities; institutions such as Shari'a (divine law) and fiqh (jurisprudence); philosophy; architecture; costume; the Muslim city; trade, commerce and manufacturing; the decorative arts; marriage and family life; tribal distributions; kinship, and dynastic power; mosque architecture, ritual, and devotional practices; Sufism; modernist and reformist trends; European domination of the Islamic world; Islamic political movments; and oil.

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Editorial reviews

This well-set out atlas provides an informative chronicle of the growth and development of Islam, from late antiquity to the present day. Over 90 maps and dozens of colour pictures show how the one of the world's great religions began and spread until it embraced around one fifth of the world's population. The maps illustrate a wide range of themes from ancient trade routes, expanding empires and Crusader Kingdoms, to architecture, the spread of language and the impact of oil. The crisply written accompanying articles offer an informed overview of each different topic, setting each historical era, or movement into a clear context. Inevitably the subject of terrorism is addressed, and like all other matters covered here, is dealt with sensitively and with intelligence. An excellent introduction to the subject, which also serves as a reminder that extremists and acts of terrorism are just one part of a story that is far richer, and embraces far more aspects than these alone. (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

Introduction; Geophysical Map of the Muslim World; Muslim Languages and Ethnic Groups; Late Antiquity Before Islam; Muhammad's Mission and Campaigns; Expansion of Islam to 750; Expansion 751-1000; Sunnis, Shia, and Khariji 660-c.1000; Abbasid Caliphate under Harun al-Rashid; Spread of Islam, Islamic Law, and Arabic Language; Successor States to 1100; The Saljuq Era; Military Recruitment 900-1800; Fatimid Empire 909-1171; Trade Routes c.700-1500; Crusader Kingdoms; Sufi Orders 1100-1900; Ayyubids and Mamluks; The Mongol Invasion; Maghreb and Spain 650-1485; Subsaharan Africa - East; Subsaharan Africa - West; Jihad States; The Indian Ocean to 1499; The Indian Ocean 1500-1900; The Rise of the Ottomans to 1650; The Ottoman Empire 1650-1920; Iran 1500-2000; Central Asia to 1700; India 711-1971; Russian Expansion to Transcaucasia and Central Asia; Expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia 1000-1800; British, French, Dutch, and Russian Empires 19th-20th C; Nineteenth-Century Reform Movements; Modernization in Turkey; The Muslim World under Colonial Domination c.1920; Balkans, Cyprus, and Crete 1500-2000; Muslim Minorities in China; The Levant 1500-1920; Prominent Travellers; Britain in Egypt and Sudan in the 19th Century; France in North and West Africa; Growth of the Hajj and Other Places of Pilgrimage; Expanding Cities; Impact of Oil in the 20th Century; Water Resources with Israel-Palestine; The Arms Trade; Flashpoint Southeast Asia 1950-2000; Flashpoint Iraq 1917-2003; Afghanistan 1840-2002; Arabia and the Gulf 1839-1950; Rise of the Saudi State; Flashpoint Israel-Palestine; Flashpoint Gulf 1950-2003; Muslims in Western Europe; Muslims in North America; Mosques and Places of Worship in North America; Islamic Arts; Major Islamic Architectural Studies; World Distribution of Muslims 2000; World Terrorism 2003; Muslim Cinema; Internet Use; Democracy, Censorship, Human Rights, and Civil Society; Modern Movements, Organizations, and Influences; Chronology; Glossary; Further Reading; Acknowledgements; Index