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The "Historical Atlas of the Islamic World" provides a survey of the history of the Islamic world and of Islamic civilisation from the time of the Prophet Mohammed until the consolidation of the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Its abundant maps are accompanied by text explaining the religious, political and cultural circumstances behind Islam’s development. The book contains superb photographs of the art, architecture, artifacts, and the regions involved, and many reconstructions of the most important events mentioned in the text. At a time when interest in the Islamic faith is increasing, this book provides a comprehensive description of the religion’s long and dynamic history.
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Gr 9 Up-This volume packs in a great deal of information not usually gathered in one place. Limited to the first millennium of Islamic history, the 12 chapters range from the culture of pre-Islamic Arabia and its contacts with its neighbors through the period of the early caliphs and on into the various ruling dynasties and peoples that marked Islam to the time of the European Renaissance. It examines such early dynasties as the Umayyads and the Abbasids as well as the successive medieval waves of non-Arab conquerors. Nicolle is careful to note the ways in which Islamic culture absorbed and modified features from its original neighbors-the Byzantines and the Sassanians-its conquerors, and the peoples it conquered, exposing Islam to Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and pagan influences. Substantial portions of the text deal also with the Muslims in Spain, India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Russia, as well as Muslim advances in geography, astronomy, and various arts. The photographs, though generally small, are colorful, inviting, and informative. The maps are beautiful, but cities and areas noted in the text are not always included on the accompanying map (and must be found on earlier or succeeding pages). Still, this title supplies a wealth of information in an attractive format.-Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816053322
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: Historical Atlas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 12.04 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. DAVID NICOLLE was born in 1944 and lives in England. He worked for BBC Television News and the BBC Arabic Services and, after returning to university to obtain a Doctorate, he taught in a Jordanian university. Since returning from the Middle East Dr. Nicolle has written numerous books, both academic and for the general reader, on various aspects of Islamic and medieval history. He has also contributed articles to many academic journals and specialist encyclopedias, and has presented papers at various scientific or historical conferences. Meanwhile Dr. Nicolle continues his research into medieval Islamic military technology, a field in which he is respected as a leading expert.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Ch. 1 Arabia from Paganism to Islam 8
Ch. 2 The Rightly Guided Caliphs 36
Ch. 3 The Umayyad Century 50
Ch. 4 The Golden Age 64
Ch. 5 Culture and Fragmentation 78
Ch. 6 The Caliphate of Cordoba 92
Ch. 7 Threats from West and East 106
Ch. 8 Age of the Mamluks 120
Ch. 9 Islam in the East 134
Ch. 10 Islam in Africa 148
Ch. 11 Rise of the Ottomans 162
Ch. 12 Twilight in the West 176
Further Reading and Museums 190
Index 191
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