The New Cambridge History of Islam is a comprehensive history of Islamic civilization, tracing its development from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia to its wide and varied presence in the globalised world of today. The six volumes reflect the geographical distribution and the cultural, social and religious diversity of the peoples of the Muslim world. Four volumes cover historical developments and two are devoted to themes that cut across geographical and chronological divisions, ranging from social, political and economic relations to the arts, literature and learning. Each volume's introduction sets the scene for the ensuing chapters and examines relationships with adjacent civilizations. Written by a team combining established authorities and rising scholars in the field, this will be the standard reference for students, scholars and all those with enquiring minds for years to come.
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Anthony Reid is a Southeast Asian historian, currently again at the Australian National University after periods at the National University of Singapore (2002–2007, where he was founding Director of the Asia Research Institute) and the University of California, Los Angeles (1999–2002, where he was Professor of History and first Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies). Previously, he worked at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Canberra (1970–1999) and the University of Malaya (1965–1970), and had visiting positions at Yale University (1973–1974), the University of Auckland (1976), Oxford University (1987), Washington University, St Louis (1989), the University of Hawaii (1996), Cambridge University (2005) and the Social Science Research Training Center, Makassar, Indonesia (1980–1981). He was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture prize in 2002, largely for Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450–1680 (2 volumes, 1988–1993). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society. His other books include The Contest for North Sumatra: Atjeh, the Netherlands and Britain, 1858–1898 (1969), The Indonesian National Revolution, 1945–1950 (1974), The Blood of the People: Revolution and the End of Traditional Rule in Northern Sumatra (1979), Charting the Shape of Early Modern Southeast Asia (1999), An Indonesian Frontier: Acehnese and Other Histories of Sumatra (2004), Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and To Nation by Revolution: Indonesia in the Twentieth Century (2011). He has also edited or co-edited over 20 books, including Essential Outsiders: Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe (1997), Asian Freedoms (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Verandah of Violence: The Historical Background of the Aceh Problem (20
Volume 1. The Formation of the Islamic World, Sixth to Eleventh Centuries: Part I. The Late Antique Context; Part II. Universalism and Imperialism; Part III. Regionalism; Part IV. The Historiography of Early Islamic History Volume 2. The Western Islamic World, Eleventh to Eighteenth Centuries: Part I. Al-Andalus, North and West Africa; Part II. Egypt and Syria; Part III. Muslim Anatolia and the Ottoman Empire; Part IV. North and West Africa; Part V. Rulers, Soldiers, Peasants, Scholars and Traders Volume 3. The Eastern Islamic World, Eleventh to Eighteenth Centuries: Part I. The Impact of the Steppe Peoples; Part II. The Gunpowder Empires; Part III. The Maritime Oecumene; Part IV. Themes Volume 4. Islamic Cultures and Societies to the End of the Eighteenth Century: Part I. Religion and Law; Part II. Societies, Politics and Economics; Part III. Arts, Literature and Learning Volume 5. The Islamic World in the Age of Western Dominance: Part I. The Onset of Western Domination; Part II. Independence and Revival Volume 6. Muslims and Modernity: Culture and Society since 1800: Part I. Social Transformations; Part II. Religion and Law; Part III. Political and Economic Thought; Part IV. Cultures, Arts and Learning.