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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.
|A Note on Terminology||7|
|I||Muhammad and the Origins of Islam, 600-750||17|
|1||The World at the Rise of Islam||19|
|2||Muhammad and the Revelation of Islam||27|
|3||The Sources of Faith||35|
|5||The Spread of Islamic Power||65|
|II||The Golden Age, 750-1250||77|
|7||City and Country||103|
|8||The Flowering of Intellectual Life||119|
|III||The Age of Empires, 1250-1700||157|
|Notes for Further Reading||245|
|About the Authors||269|
Posted November 2, 2008
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