Empire of the Islamic World

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Less than a century after its founding in 632, the Islamic state matured from a loose confederation of desert tribes into the largest empire in the history of the world, larger even than the Roman Empire at its peak. During its height, the Islamic Empire was the most powerful and cultured domain in the world and the center for scholarly activity. Islamic scholars absorbed and advanced classical learning from ancient Greece, Rome, Persia, and India and passed it on to Europe, where it later inspired the ...

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Overview

Less than a century after its founding in 632, the Islamic state matured from a loose confederation of desert tribes into the largest empire in the history of the world, larger even than the Roman Empire at its peak. During its height, the Islamic Empire was the most powerful and cultured domain in the world and the center for scholarly activity. Islamic scholars absorbed and advanced classical learning from ancient Greece, Rome, Persia, and India and passed it on to Europe, where it later inspired the Renaissance. Empire of the Islamic World, Revised Edition explores the empire's society, culture, and daily life. The volume discusses the pioneering influences the empire has had on the medieval and modern worlds-particularly in the fields of science, mathematics, medicine, architecture, and philosophy-and the evolution of the men, women, and children who made up its population.

Great Empires of the Past narrates the stories of the most influential empires in world history. Each volume in the series provides an overview of one empire or civilization, exploring its rise and fall, the extent of its influence, society and daily life, and impact in the modern world. Numerous sidebars highlight connections to today, key primary documents, and interesting facts. Full-color photographs and maps, a time line, glossary, bibliography, list of further resources, and an index provide readers with additional access to the information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131611
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Great Empires of the Past Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part I History

Chapter 1 The Beginning of the Empire 17

Chapter 2 The Empire at Its Largest 35

Chapter 3 The Last Years of the Empire 45

Part II Society and culture

Chapter 4 Society in the Islamic Empire 59

Chapter 5 Living in the Islamic Empire 73

Chapter 6 Islamic Art, Science, and Culture 95

Epilogue 121

Time Line 129

Glossary 131

Bibliography 133

Further Resources 135

Picture Credits 137

Index 138

About the Author 144

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