The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World

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For most of the period from the eighth to the eighteenth centuries, the Muslim world was dominant in terms both of geographical spread and creativity. Today Muslims account for one fifth of the world's population. Yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of what Islam really is. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this paradox. Dismantling the western perception of Islam as a monolithic culture, they examine the economic basis of Muslim societies - their social ordering, their forms of knowledge and its transmission, and their expression in art, architecture and in the courtly arts and their modern developments. Particular emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between the Islamic world and the West - both share many of the same religious, intellectual and cultural roots. The book demonstrates that it is only recently that western ways came to dominate. Both civilizations owe much to one another.

Islamic peoples account for one fifth of the world's population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of Islam really. Robinson sets out to address this, revealing the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture. Special emphasis is given to economy, society, knowledge, art, and architecture. 200 photos, 120 in color. 14 maps.

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YAThis book helps to dispel myth and hearsay with solid information about one of the world's most maligned religions. Facts about Islam's history and practice are presented, along with its economic, societal, and intellectual structures. Excellent graphics support the text. Maps are extensive and exact. The captions are useful and appealing. The insets provide more depth on key issues. Accessible, interesting, and thorough, this volume serves students who want to be more informed about a religion that is so often in the news.Rebecca Woodcock, University of Exeter, Great Britain
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"It is a challenging task to describe the contributions of one billion Muslims who inhabit the Middle East and much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia. However, the editor and the contributors of The Islamic World managed to put it all in perspective with accurate information, selective emphasis, and well-chosen photographs distributed fairly and with good taste throughout the book. The subject progession, the easy style of writing, and the black-and-white and color illustrations make the book easy to read, particularly for college students and the general reader." Digest of Middle East Studies

"This book helps to dispel myth and hearsay with solid information about one of the world's most maligned religions. Accessible, interesting, and thorough, this volume serves students who want to be more informed about a religion that is so often in the news." Rebecca Woodcock, University of Exeter

"This richly illustrated volume is one of the first of this growing number of works to make the world of Islam accessible to a wide range of readers while keeping to high standards of scholarship. Written to make the world of Islam readily accessible to the student and general reader, this volume fulfills its aims and makes a generous contribution to the field." International Journal of Middle East Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521435109
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/1996
  • Series: Cambridge Illustrated History Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1 The Rise of Islam in the World 2
2 The Emergence of the Islamic World System 1000-1500 32
3 The Islamic World in the Age of European Expansion 1500-1800 62
4 The Islamic World in the Era of Western Domination 1800 to the Present 90
5 The Economy in Muslim Societies 124
6 The Ordering of Muslim Societies 164
7 Knowledge, its Transmission and the Making of Muslim Societies 208
8 Artistic Expressions of Muslim Societies 250
Conclusion 291
Rulers of the Islamic World 308
Glossary 312
Bibliography 313
Picture Acknowledgements 319
Index 320
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