Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia

Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia

Hardback Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages

Edited by Josef W. Meri

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 1088 pages
  • Dimensions: 218mm x 290mm x 69mm | 3,425g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415966906
  • ISBN 13: 9780415966900
  • Illustrations note: 55 black & white illustrations, 35 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,353,196

Product description

Medieval Islamic Civilization examines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the seventh and sixteenth century. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, art history, history, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, theology, and more. This reference provides an exhaustive and vivid portrait of Islamic civilization including the many scientific, artistic, and religious developments as well as all aspects of daily life and culture. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit

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'Offers overviews of a variety of humanistic topics... This comprehensive and necessary reference work in a growing discipline is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection supporting Islamic or medieval studies... Recommended.' -- Choice 'the book under review provides the reader with an admirable mosaic of knowledge about various aspects of medieval Islamic society and the interdisciplinary approach to the chosen subjects provides an excellent and inspiring starting point for further medieval studies, as well as a first-rate reference manual.' -- Oriental Archive

Table of contents

Entries include: Algebra Al-Razi (Rhazes) Architecture, Secular: Palaces Assasins (Ismaili) Baghdad Battles, Early Islam Beauty and Aesthetics Berbers Buddhism and Islam China Constitution of Medina Delhi Diplomacy Emigration (Hijra) Fatimids Funerary Practices Genghis Khan Hajj Harun al-Rashid Heresy and Heretics Ibn Battuta Ibn Naghrela Imam India Ismailis Java Jinn Judah ha-Levi Madrasa Magic Maimonides Mali Empire Mamluks Mughals Muhammad, the Prophet Muslim-Crusader Relations Nomadism and Pastoralism Pilgrimage Razia Sultana Roman Empire: Islamic Traditions Sa'adyah Gaon Saladin (Salah al-Din) Seljuk Warfare Shahnama Shi'ism Synagogues Taj Mahal Theology Women Scholars Women Warriors and many more...