Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 110 x 172 x 10mm | 140g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 18 black and white halftones
  • 0199545723
  • 9780199545728
  • 99,277

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The book is a gem, and it deserves a wide readership well beyond the academic community. * David Morgan, TLS * the book's lucidity, intelligence and indeed its brevity make it an ideal introduction to the field of study... Silverstein, who teaches the subject at Oxford University, is up-to-date, shrewd and often witty... Brilliant little book...This highly approachable text is evidently backed by a deep scholarship and is full of eye-catching perspectives. * Steven Poole, The Guardian * I cannot imagine any reader not profiting from this tight-packed and intelligently presented text. * BBC History Magazine * The book is extremely lucid, readable, sensibly organised, and wears its considerable learning, as they say, 'lightly'. * BBC History Magazine *
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About Adam J. Silverstein

Adam Silverstein has taught Islamic history at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He is University Research Lecturer in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He is also Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a member of The Magic Circle.
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Table of 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
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