Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power / Edition 1

Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power / Edition 1

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by Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila S. Blair, Shelia S. Blair
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300094221

ISBN-13: 9780300094220

Pub. Date: 02/01/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

In its first thousand years-from the revelations to Muhammad in the seventh century to the great Islamic empires of the sixteenth-Islamic civilization flourished. While Europeans suffered through the Dark Ages, Muslims in such cities as Jerusalem, Damascus, Alexandria, Fez, Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad made remarkable advances in philosophy, science, medicine, literature…  See more details below

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In its first thousand years-from the revelations to Muhammad in the seventh century to the great Islamic empires of the sixteenth-Islamic civilization flourished. While Europeans suffered through the Dark Ages, Muslims in such cities as Jerusalem, Damascus, Alexandria, Fez, Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad made remarkable advances in philosophy, science, medicine, literature, and art. This engrossing and accessible book explores the first millennium of Islamic culture, shattering stereotypes and enlightening readers about the events and achievements that have shaped contemporary Islamic civilization. Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair examine the rise of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the Islamic principles of faith. They describe the golden age of the Abbasids, the Mongol invasions, and the great Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires that emerged in their wake. Their narrative, complemented by excerpts of the Koran, poetry, biographies, inscriptions, travel guides, and even a thirteenth-century recipe, concludes with a brief epilogue that takes us to the twenty-first century. Colorfully illustrated, this book is a wonderful introduction to the rich history of a civilization that still radically affects the world.

Author Biography: Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair are the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. They have written or contributed to many books on the history of Islamic art and architecture and recently served as principal consultants for Gardner Films' acclaimed PBS documentary, Islam: Empire of Faith, for which this book was the companion volume.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300094220
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,007,313
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology7
Introduction9
IMuhammad and the Origins of Islam, 600-75017
1The World at the Rise of Islam19
2Muhammad and the Revelation of Islam27
3The Sources of Faith35
4Muhammad's Successors49
5The Spread of Islamic Power65
IIThe Golden Age, 750-125077
6The Crucible79
7City and Country103
8The Flowering of Intellectual Life119
IIIThe Age of Empires, 1250-1700157
9Regional Powers159
10Consolidation181
11Expansion221
Epilogue233
Glossary241
Notes for Further Reading245
References251
Index259
About the Authors269

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