A History of Islamic Societies / Edition 2

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The civilizations and patterns of Muslim life throughout the world are traced from the formative eras through their significant development and ultimate transformation under the forces of technological change.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Respected scholar Lapidus here emphasizes what he argues to be the distinctive features of Islamic societiesthe developments of communal, religious, and political institutions. The book's first section deals with the Islamic transformation of traditional Middle Eastern societies; the second, the diffusion of Middle Eastern Islam to other regions; and the last, the disruptions of Muslim societies with the collapse of the Islamic empire and European domination. The book covers Africa and Central and Southern Asia as well as the Middle East. Recommended for all research and general library collections. J. Anthony Gardner, California State Univ., Northridge
Lapidus (emeritus, history, U. of California, Berkeley) has revised and expanded his highly regarded history of Islamic societies with extensive new material on the present-day fundamentalist revival. Other new additions include sections or chapters on the Caucasus, Central Asia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, women and gender, and global Islamic identity, including treatment of terrorism. In addition to these current issues, the origins of Islam from the time of Mohammad until the 13th century are discussed at length, making this a comprehensive reference and an excellent all-around resource. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Review of previous edition:
"This book is a major undertaking and deserves to be saluted as an outstanding achievement. Professor Lapidus’ A History of Islamic Societies belongs to a rare breed of works."
World Quarterly

Review of previous edition:
"I do not think that any other world civilization can boast a comparable general account of such substance and quality. … This is a great deal more than a textbook. It is a product of learning, intellect and style of an extremely high order."
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

Review of previous edition:
"The value of A History of Islamic Societies lies in its sheer comprehensiveness. In one volume a vast amount of material is synthesized and presented in a clear and effective style. There is nothing else like it."
The Journal of Asian Studies

Review of previous edition:
"Lapidus is concerned not with defining an essential Islam, but rather with mapping the role of Islamic beliefs, institutions and identities in particular historical contexts."
International Journal of Middle East Studies

Review of previous edition:
"Ira Lapidus’ A History of Islamic Societies has served students for twenty-five years as an accessible but thorough introduction to the full sweep of Islamic history. The book provides a powerful comparative framework for appreciating both diversity and continuity in Islamic historical experience."
Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

Review of previous edition:
"By this singular work Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, has … placed himself in the recording of Islamic history on a pedestal equivalent to Gibbon’s for that of Rome."
The Book Review Literary Trust, New Delhi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521779333
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1000
  • Sales rank: 435,785
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira M. Lapidus is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his long and illustrious career he has published extensively. His abiding interest has been the relationships among families, tribes, religious communities, cities and states. This is exemplified in his current work and previous publications, including Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages (1967, 1984), Middle Eastern Cities (edited, 1969), Contemporary Islamic Movements in Historical Perspective (1983), Islam, Politics and Social Movements, co-edited with Edmund Burke (1988), A History of Islamic Societies (1988, 2002), and Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History (2012).
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of maps
Lists of tables and figures
Preface and acknowledgments to the first edition
Preface and acknowledgments to the second edition
Publisher's preface
Pt. I The Origins of Islamic Civilization: The Middle East from c.600 to c.1200
Introduction: Middle Eastern societies before the advent of Islam 3
1 Arabia 10
2 The life of the Prophet 18
3 The Arab conquests and the socio-economic bases of empire 31
4 The Caliphate 45
5 Cosmopolitan Islam: the Islam of the imperial elite 67
6 Urban Islam: the Islam of the religious elites 81
7 Islamic culture and the separation of state and religion 99
8 The fall of the 'Abbasid empire 103
9 The post-'Abbasid Middle Eastern state system 112
10 Muslim communities and Middle Eastern societies 133
11 The collective ideal 147
12 The Personal Ethic 156
Conclusion: The Middle Eastern Islamic paradigm 183
Pt. II The Worldwide Diffusion of Islamic Societies from the Tenth to the Nineteenth Centuries
Introduction: the Islamic world and the rise of Europe 197
13 Iran: the Mongol, Timurid, and Safavid empires 226
14 The Turkish migrations and the Ottoman empire 248
15 The Arab Middle East 283
16 Islamic North Africa and Spain to the nineteenth century 299
17 Inner Asia from the Mongol conquests to the nineteenth century 337
18 The Indian subcontinent: the Delhi Sultanates and the Mughal empire 356
19 The formation of Islamic societies in Southeast Asia 382
20 Islam in Sudanic, savannah, and forest West Africa 400
21 Islam in East Africa and the rise of European colonial empires 429
Conclusion: the varieties of Islamic society 443
Pt. III The Modern Transformation: Muslim Peoples in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Introduction: modernity and the transformation of Muslim societies 453
22 Iran: state and religion in the modern era 469
23 The dissolution of the Ottoman empire and the modernization of Turkey 489
24 Egypt: secularism and Islamic modernity 512
25 The Arab Middle East: Arabism, military states, and Islam 535
26 North Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 586
27 The Indian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh 620
28 Islam in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines 652
29 Inner Asia under Russian and Chinese rule; the Caucasus and Afghanistan 684
30 Islam in West Africa 732
31 Islam in East Africa 761
32 Muslims in Europe and America 785
Conclusion: secularized Islam and Islamic revival 814
Glossary 873
Bibliography 884
Index 941
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    A scholarly and unbiased history of Islam

    This book closely follows the highly respected Cambridge History of Islam. It summarizes, updates, and sometimes expands on topics in that work. It is especially useful as a companion volume to the Cambridge History, but is a valuable resource on Islamic society and history by itself.

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    Posted April 29, 2009

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