Islam: A Brief History / Edition 2

Islam: A Brief History / Edition 2

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by Tamara Sonn
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405180943

ISBN-13: 9781405180948

Pub. Date: 01/19/2010

Publisher: Wiley

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

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1 Many Paths to One God: Establishing the Ideals 1

The Quran 1

The Quran and Other Scriptures 7

Themes of the Quran 13

The Exemplary Life of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam: The Sunna 24

The Early Muslim Community and the Pillars of Islam 27

The Successors ("Caliphs") 31

Early Communal Disputes 34

Conclusion 36

2 The Pursuit of Knowledge in the Service of God and Humanity: The Golden Age 39

Institutions 40

Law 41

Political Structure 49

Cultural Achievements 52

Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition: Sufism 61

Conclusion 78

3 Division and Reorganization 79

The Crusades and Other Disasters 79

The Decline of the Abbasids and Rise of the Ottomans 86

Persia: The Safavid Empire 94

India and the Rise of the Mughals 98

Understanding Developments in Islamic History 107

Conclusion 112

4 Colonialism and Reform 113

Colonialism 113

The Outcome of World War I 123

The Effects of Colonialism: The Challenge of Islamic Reform 130

Themes of Islamic Reform: Personal Initiative and Social Solidarity 134

Themes of Islamic Reform: Ijtihad 139

Themes of Islamic Reform: Commitment to Learning 143

Conclusion 145

5 Obstacles and Prospects for Islamic Reform 147

Obstacles: The Impact of Colonialism 148

Prospects for the Future 169

Islam, Human Rights, and Democracy 177

Islam among World Religions 185

Notes 193

Further Reading 200

Source Acknowledgments 204

Index 206

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