Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society / Edition 2

Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society / Edition 2

by Akbar S. Ahmed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415285259

ISBN-13: 9780415285254

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Now reissued with a new introduction, Discovering Islam is a classic account of how the history of Islam and its relations with the West have shaped Islamic society today. Islam is often caricatured as aggressive and fanatic. Written in the tradition of Ibn Khaldun, this readable and wide-ranging book balances that image, uncovers the roots of Islamic…  See more details below

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Now reissued with a new introduction, Discovering Islam is a classic account of how the history of Islam and its relations with the West have shaped Islamic society today. Islam is often caricatured as aggressive and fanatic. Written in the tradition of Ibn Khaldun, this readable and wide-ranging book balances that image, uncovers the roots of Islamic discontent and celebrates the sources of its strength. From the four "ideal Caliphs" who succeeded the Prophet to the refugee camps of Peshawar, an objective picture emerges of the main features of Muslim history and the compulsions of Muslim society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415285254
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,050,272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Foreword
Preface
1Introduction: discovering Islam1
2Muslim ideal: holy Book and Prophet15
3A theory of Islamic history30
4The great Muslim empires: Ottomans, Saffavids, and Mughals65
5Sufis and scholars90
6Islam of the periphery107
7Under European rule: the colonial impact on Muslim society117
8Princes and paupers: Muslim societies in Saudi Arabia and south India143
9Muslim society turned inside out: ethnicity, women and refugees172
10The reconstruction of Muslim thought200
11Only connect217
App.: Muslim chronology232
Glossary of Islamic terminology237
Bibliography: suggested readings238
Index240

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