Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia

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Medieval Islamic Civilization examines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the seventh and sixteenth century. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, art history, history, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, ...

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Overview

Medieval Islamic Civilization examines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the seventh and sixteenth century. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, art history, history, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, theology, and more. This reference provides an exhaustive and vivid portrait of Islamic civilization including the many scientific, artistic, and religious developments as well as all aspects of daily life and culture.

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit www.routledge-ny.com/middleages/Islamic.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Offers overviews of a variety of humanistic topics... This comprehensive and necessary reference work in a growing discipline is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection supporting Islamic or medieval studies... Recommended.'Choice

'the book under review provides the reader with an admirable mosaic of knowledge about various aspects of medieval Islamic society and the interdisciplinary approach to the chosen subjects provides an excellent and inspiring starting point for further medieval studies, as well as a first-rate reference manual.' — Oriental Archive

Library Journal
In this two-volume work, part of Routledge's series on the Middle Ages, editor Meri (The Cult of Saints Among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria) points out that Westerners tend to think of Islam only as a religion and are unaware of the great civilization that grew from Islam. Hence he saw the need for a work that would present an overview of medieval Islamic civilization to a Western audience of general readers as well as students and specialists. He defines the medieval Islamic time line as running from 622 C.E., which marks the first year of the prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina and the first year of the Islamic calendar, to the 17th century. During the early years of this period, he writes, the West benefited greatly from Islamic advances in mathematics and philosophy as well as from the preservation and transmission to the West of surviving texts of classical civilization. More than 700 signed A-to-Z entries contributed by international scholars and experts explore the scientific, artistic, religious, and cultural developments of Islamic civilization; the importance of interfaith relations; and the connections between Europe and the Islamic world. Indexes appear in both volumes. Bottom Line One could argue that articles on certain topics are too short while others are omitted altogether. Granada's Alhambra Palace warrants only two pages, for example, while Islamic Spain gets even less. The important Islamic emirate centered in the Spanish city of Saragossa does not get an entry; nor does Saragossa's Aljafer a Palace, a gem of Western Islamic secular architecture. Another factor that might limit accessibility is the encyclopedia's steep price. These caveats aside, the set is recommended for larger academic and public libraries.-Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Entries include:
Algebra
Al-Razi (Rhazes)
Architecture, Secular: Palaces
Assasins (Ismaili)
Baghdad
Battles, Early Islam
Beauty and Aesthetics
Berbers
Buddhism and Islam
China
Constitution of Medina
Delhi
Diplomacy
Emigration (Hijra)
Fatimids
Funerary Practices
Genghis Khan
Hajj
Harun al-Rashid
Heresy and Heretics
Ibn Battuta
Ibn Naghrela
Imam
India
Ismailis
Java
Jinn
Judah ha-Levi
Madrasa
Magic
Maimonides
Mali Empire
Mamluks
Mughals
Muhammad, the Prophet
Muslim-Crusader Relations
Nomadism and Pastoralism
Pilgrimage
Razia Sultana
Roman Empire: Islamic Traditions
Sa'adyah Gaon
Saladin (Salah al-Din)
Seljuk Warfare
Shahnama
Shi'ism
Synagogues
Taj Mahal
Theology
Women Scholars
Women Warriors
and many more...
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