Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History

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Overview

Ira Lapidus' global history of Islamic societies, first published in 1988, has become a classic in the field. For over two decades, it has enlightened students, scholars, and others with a thirst for knowledge about one of the world's great civilizations. This book is based on parts one and two of Lapidus' monumental A History of Islamic Societies, revised and updated, describes the transformations of Islamic societies from their beginning in the seventh century, through their diffusion across the globe, into the challenges of the nineteenth century. The story focuses on the organization of families and tribes, religious groups and states, depicts them in their varied and changing contexts, and shows how they were transformed by their interactions with other religious and political communities into a varied, global and interconnected family of societies. The book concludes with the European commercial and imperial interventions that initiated a new set of transformations in the Islamic world, and the onset of the modern era. Organized in narrative sections for the history of each major region, with innovative, analytic summary introductions and conclusions, this book is a unique endeavor. Its breadth, clarity, style, and thoughtful exposition will ensure its place in the classroom and beyond as a guide for the educated reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521732987
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 694,745
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira Lapidus is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his long and illustrious career he has published extensively. His abiding interest has been the relationship between the family, the tribe and the city, and this is exemplified in his current work and previous publications, including Contemporary Islamic Movements in Historical Perspective (1983), Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages (1984), Islam, Politics and Social Movements, co-edited with Edmund Burke (1988) and A History of Islamic Societies (1988, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the history of Islamic societies; Book I. Part I. The Beginnings of Islamic Civilizations, The Middle East from c.600 to c.1000: 1. Middle Eastern societies before Islam; 2. Historians and the sources; 3. Arabia; 4. Muhammad: preaching, community, and state formation; 5. Introduction; 6. The Arab-Muslim conquests and the socio-economic bases of empire; 7. Regional developments: economic and social changes; 8. The caliphate to 750; 9. The 'Abbasid empire; 10. Decline and fall of the 'Abbasid empire; 11. Introduction: religion and identity; 12. The ideology of imperial Islam; 13. The 'Abbasids: caliphs and emperors; 14. Introduction; 15. Sunni Islam; 16. Shi'i Islam; 17. Muslim urban societies to the tenth century; 18. The non-Muslim minorities; 19. Continuity and change in the historic cultures of the Middle East; Book I. Part II. From Islamic Community to Islamic Society: Egypt, Iraq and Iran, 945–c.1500: 20. The post-'Abbasid Middle Eastern state system; 21. Muslim communities and Middle Eastern societies: 1000–1500 CE; 22. The collective ideal; 23. The personal ethic; 24. Conclusion: Middle Eastern Islamic patterns; Book II. The Global Expansion of Islam from the Seventh to the Nineteenth Century: 25. Introduction: Islamic institutions; 26. Islamic north Africa to the thirteenth century; 27. Spanish-Islamic civilization; 28. Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries; 29. States and Islam: North African variations; 30. Introduction: empires and societies; 31. The Turkish migrations and the Ottoman empire; 32. The post-classical Ottoman empire: decentralization, commercialization, incorporation; 33. The Arab regions of the Middle East; 34. The Safavid empire; 35. The Indian subcontinent: the Delhi sultanates and the Mughal empire; 36. Islamic empires compared; 37. Inner Asia from the Mongol conquests to the nineteenth century; 38. Islamic societies in Southeast Asia; 39. The African context: Islam, slavery, and colonialism; 40. Islam in Sudanic, Savannah, and forest west Africa; 41. The West African jihads; 42. Islam in East Africa and the European colonial empires; 43. Conclusion: the varieties of Islamic societies; 44. The global context.

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