The History of Islam

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Islam is an international religion, and today there are about 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. However, the origins of the religion are very much tied to the Arabian Peninsula, in what is today Saudi Arabia. The History of Islam describes the development of this major monotheistic religion during the seventh century and discusses the ways it spread beyond the Arabian Peninsula. The book also examines Islam today, discussing the issues and problems confronting Muslims in the 21st ...

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Overview

Islam is an international religion, and today there are about 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. However, the origins of the religion are very much tied to the Arabian Peninsula, in what is today Saudi Arabia. The History of Islam describes the development of this major monotheistic religion during the seventh century and discusses the ways it spread beyond the Arabian Peninsula. The book also examines Islam today, discussing the issues and problems confronting Muslims in the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Since Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, young adults need to understand its place in global society. The "World of Islam" series offers information on Muslim beliefs, problems facing Muslims today, and relations with non-Muslim nations. This volume provides an introduction to Muhammad's message, which spread rapidly through the Arab world—when the prophet died in 632, he effectively controlled most of the Arab tribes. After that, dynasties came and went; empires flourished and fell. Detailed descriptions may be more than teen readers, coming to this information for the first time, are able to assimilate. The most interesting question is: Why did such sophisticated cultures—Moors in Spain, Abbasids in Mesopotamia, Mughals in India—lose momentum rather than developing further? Rubin believes that, although Muslim scholarship, science, and architecture blossomed earlier than in Europe, it faded as western societies coalesced and became more secular and open to inquiry. Economic reasons are suggested in Lewis and Churchill's very readable book Islam: The Religion and the People (Wharton School, 2009). Today Islam faces a changing world. The author sees three paths modern Muslims might take: the conservative-traditional (following the mainstream of Islam), modernism (proposed by Arab nationalists), and Islamism (combining religious and political goals with violence). Though Rubin concludes that Islamism will not triumph, he admits that moderate voices are weak; divisions will continue between Muslims who can adapt to change and those who believe Muslims should adhere strictly to Islamic law. Sidebars offer opportunities for further research; the chronology and bibliography are limited. Teachers planning to use this series should be aware that, since it has been attacked by an Islamic advocacy group as anti-Islamic (rejected by the publisher and its consultant, a conservative think-tank), it might be advisable to collect supplemental material from a variety of other sources. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422205310
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: World of Islam Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Islam and the Prophet Muhammad 6

The Battle for Leadership and the Sunni-Shia Rift 15

The Abbasid Dynasty 24

The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires 32

Islam in the Modern World 40

Chronology 58

Glossary 60

Further Reading 62

Internet Resources 62

Index 63

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