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

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Overview

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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During its first millennium, Islamic civilization flourished. From its founding during the 7th century to the 16th century, Islamic culture made significant advances in science, medicine, philosophy, literature, and art. In this scholarly yet accessible book, the coauthors examine the rise of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the contributions of Islamic culture. The text includes both narrative and excerpts from primary documents.
John L. Esposito
A timely study and important background to understanding the faith of more than one-fifth of the world’s population today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300094220
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 391,430
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology 7
Introduction 9
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
4 Muhammad's Successors 49
5 The Spread of Islamic Power 65
II The Golden Age, 750-1250 77
6 The Crucible 79
7 City and Country 103
8 The Flowering of Intellectual Life 119
III The Age of Empires, 1250-1700 157
9 Regional Powers 159
10 Consolidation 181
11 Expansion 221
Epilogue 233
Glossary 241
Notes for Further Reading 245
References 251
Index 259
About the Authors 269
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