Islam: A Brief History / Edition 2

Islam: A Brief History / Edition 2

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by Tamara Sonn
     
 

Beginning with an account of the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, the book spans Islam's phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, right up to the creation of modern states and the current situation in Islamic societies. Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition expands its coverage of the Qur'an, Sufism, and

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Beginning with an account of the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, the book spans Islam's phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, right up to the creation of modern states and the current situation in Islamic societies. Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition expands its coverage of the Qur'an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women. It also includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, increasing its representation of mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern. The book's accessible structure and Tamara Sonn's lively writing style illuminate the complex interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405180948
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series, #21
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Preface to the First Edition

Maps

1. Many Paths to One God: Establishing the Ideals

The Quran

The Quran and Other Scriptures

Themes of the Quran

The Exemplary Life of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam: The Sunna

The Early Muslim Community and the Pillars of Islam

The Successors ("Caliphs")

Early Communal Disputes

Conclusion

2. The Pursuit of Knowledge in the Service of God and Humanity: The Golden Age

Institutions

Law

Political Structure

Cultural Achievements

Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition: Sufism

Conclusion

3. Division and Reorganization

The Crusades and Other Disasters

The Decline of the Abbasids and Rise of the Ottomans

Persia: The Safavid Empire

India and the Rise of the Mughals

Understanding Developments in Islamic History

Conclusion

4. Colonialism and Reform

Colonialism

The Outcome of World War I

The Effects of Colonialism: The Challenge of Islamic Reform

Themes of Islamic Reform: Personal Initiative and Social Solidarity

Themes of Islamic Reform: Ijtihad

Themes of Islamic Reform: Commitment to Learning

Conclusion

5. Obstacles and Prospects for Islamic Reform

Obstacles: The Impact of Colonialism

Prospects for the Future

Islam, Human Rights, and Democracy

Islam among World Religions

Notes

Further Reading

Source Acknowledgments

Index

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