Historical Atlas of Islam / Edition 1

Historical Atlas of Islam / Edition 1

by Malise Ruthven, Azim Nanji
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Harvard University Press

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Historical Atlas of Islam / Edition 1

Among the great civilizations of the world, Islam remains an enigma to Western readers. Now, in a beautifully illustrated historical atlas, noted scholar of religion Malise Ruthven recounts the fascinating and important history of the Islamic world.

From the birth of the prophet Muhammed to the independence of post-Soviet Muslim states in Central Asia, this accessible and informative atlas explains the historical evolution of Islamic societies. Short essays cover a wide variety of themes, including the central roles played by sharia (divine law) and fiqh (jurisprudence); philosophy; arts and architecture; the Muslim city; trade, commerce, and manufacturing; marriage and family life; tribal distributions; kinship and dynastic power; ritual and devotional practices; Sufism; modernist and reformist trends; the European domination of the Islamic world; the rise of the modern national state; oil exports and arms imports; and Muslim populations in non-Muslim countries, including the United States.

Lucid and inviting full-color maps chronicle the changing internal and external boundaries of the Islamic world, showing the principal trade routes through which goods, ideas, and customs spread. Ruthven traces the impact of various Islamic dynasties in art and architecture and shows the distribution of sects and religious minorities, the structure of Islamic cities, and the distribution of resources. Among the book's valuable contributions is the incorporation of the often neglected geographical and environmental factors, from the Fertile Crescent to the North African desert, that have helped shape Islamic history.

Rich in narrative and visual detail that illuminates the story of Islamic civilization, this timely atlas is an indispensable resource to anyone interested in world history and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674013858
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Geophysical Map of the Muslim World16
Muslim Languages and Ethnic Groups20
Late Antiquity Before Islam24
Muhammad's Mission and Campaigns26
Expansion of Islam to 75028
Expansion 751-170030
Sunnis, Shia, and Khariji 660-c. 100034
Abbasid Caliphate under Harun al-Rashid36
Spread of Islam, Islamic Law, and Arabic Language38
Successor States to 110040
The Saljuq Era44
Military Recruitment 900-180046
Fatimid Empire 909-117150
Trade Routes c. 700-150052
Crusader Kingdoms56
Sufi Orders 1100-190058
Ayyubids and Mamluks62
The Mongol Invasion64
Maghreb and Spain 650-148566
Subsaharan Africa--East70
Subsaharan Africa--West72
Jihad States74
The Indian Ocean to 149976
The Indian Ocean 1500-190080
Rise of the Ottomans to 165084
The Ottoman Empire 1650-192088
Iran 1500-200092
Central Asia to 170094
India 711-197196
Russian Expansion in Transcaucasia and Central Asia102
Expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia 1000-1800106
British, French, Dutch, and Russian Empires108
Nineteenth-Century Reform Movements110
Modernization of Turkey112
The Muslim World under Colonial Domination c. 1920116
Balkans, Cyprus, and Crete 1500-2000118
Muslim Minorities in China122
The Levant 1500-2002124
Prominent Travelers128
Britain in Egypt and Sudan in the 19th Century132
France in North and West Africa136
Growth of the Hajj and Other Places of Pilgrimage138
Expanding Cities142
Impact of Oil in the 20th Century146
Water Resources148
The Arms Trade150
Flashpoint Southeast Asia 1950-2000152
Flashpoint Iraq 1917-2003154
Afghanistan 1840-2002156
Arabia and the Gulf 1839-1950158
Rise of the Saudi State160
Flashpoint Israel-Palestine162
Flashpoint Gulf 1950-2003164
Muslims in Western Europe166
Muslims in North America168
Mosques and Places of Worship in North America170
Islamic Arts172
Major Islamic Architectural Sites176
World Distribution of Muslims 2000180
World Terrorism 2003184
Muslim Cinema188
Internet Use190
Democracy, Censorship, Human Rights, and Civil Society192
Modern Movements, Organizations, and Influences194
Further Reading203
Acknowledgments and Map List204

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