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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415285254
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction: discovering Islam 1
2 Muslim ideal: holy Book and Prophet 15
3 A theory of Islamic history 30
4 The great Muslim empires: Ottomans, Saffavids, and Mughals 65
5 Sufis and scholars 90
6 Islam of the periphery 107
7 Under European rule: the colonial impact on Muslim society 117
8 Princes and paupers: Muslim societies in Saudi Arabia and south India 143
9 Muslim society turned inside out: ethnicity, women and refugees 172
10 The reconstruction of Muslim thought 200
11 Only connect 217
App.: Muslim chronology 232
Glossary of Islamic terminology 237
Bibliography: suggested readings 238
Index 240
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