Historical Atlas of the Islamic World

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World

by David Nicolle


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The "Historical Atlas of the Rise of Islam" provides a survey of the history of the Islamic world and of Islamic civilisation from the time of the Prophet Mohammed until the consolidation of the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Its abundant maps are accompanied by text explaining the religious, political and cultural circumstances behind Islam's development. The book contains superb photographs of the art, architecture, artifacts, and the regions involved, and many reconstructions of the most important events mentioned in the text. At a time when interest in the Islamic faith is increasing, this book provides a comprehensive description of the religion's long and dynamic history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904668176
Publisher: Mercury Books Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.14(w) x 11.94(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

DR. DAVID NICOLLE was born in 1944 and lives in England. He worked for BBC Television News and the BBC Arabic Services and, after returning to university to obtain a Doctorate, he taught in a Jordanian university. Since returning from the Middle East Dr. Nicolle has written numerous books, both academic and for the general reader, on various aspects of Islamic and medieval history. He has also contributed articles to many academic journals and specialist encyclopedias, and has presented papers at various scientific or historical conferences. Meanwhile Dr. Nicolle continues his research into medieval Islamic military technology, a field in which he is respected as a leading expert.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Arabia from Paganism to Islam: The land of the prophet, between two empires8
Merchants and Farmers10
The Bedouin12
A Land of Poets14
The Land of Sheba16
Neighboring Empires18
Links to the East20
Judaism in Pre-Islamic Arabia22
Christianity in Pre-Islamic Arabia24
Pre-Islamic Arabian Paganism26
Rumors of War28
Enemies in the South30
Mohammed the Merchant32
Mohammed the Prophet34
Chapter 2The Rightly Guided Caliphs: Ideal rulers and the development of Islam36
The Unification of Arabia38
The Focus of Prayer40
Medina and the Hijaz42
A Place of Prayer44
The Word46
Islam for the Arabs or the World?48
Chapter 3The Umayyad Century: Stabilizing the new Islamic culture50
Damascus: Capital of a New Empire52
The Dome of the Rock54
The Emergence of Islamic Art56
Literature and Reborn Sciences58
The Great Arab Conquests60
People of the Book62
Chapter 4The Golden Age: Abbasid expansion of trade, knowledge, and empire64
Baghdad: Round City or Round Palace?66
From New Emperor to King of Kings68
Reviving World Trade70
The Fervent Translators72
The Professionals74
The City, the Land, and the Desert76
Chapter 5Culture and Frgamentation: End and aftermath of the Abbasids78
Soldiers Become Kings80
Pupils Become Teachers82
Sunni and Shi'a84
Beyond the River86
Exploring the World88
The Disappearance of Arabia90
Chapter 6The Caliphate of Cordoba: Islamic conquest of Iberia92
Cordoba: City of Light94
Mystical Islands and Whales96
The Tiny Kingdoms98
Saragossa: City on the Frontier100
Union with Morocco102
Collapse of al-Andalus104
Chapter 7Threats from West and East: The Seljuks, Crusaders, and Mongols106
The Fatimids108
Barbarians from the West110
Holding the Line112
An Islamic Hero114
A New Catastrophe116
Slaves Victorious: Rise of the Mamluks118
Chapter 8Age of the Mamluks: Militaristic rule of a slave caste120
Not Mere Soldiers122
The Army is the State124
Beauty Without Gold126
Cairo, Mother of the World128
Textiles as Treasure130
Failure of an Elite132
Chapter 9Islam in the East: The forgotten frontier134
Out of Afghanistan136
The Mongols Become Muslims138
The Far North142
Sultans of Delhi144
New Thrusts146
Chapter 10Islam in Africa: The struggle for the Dark Continent148
Islam in East Africa150
From Cross to Crescent152
An African Empire in Europe154
Gold of Mali156
Ibn Battuta, the Greatest Traveler158
The University of Timbuktu160
Chapter 11Rise of the Ottomans: Storming into Europe162
Who Were the Ottomans?164
Advancing into Europe166
Edirne, the Jewel City168
Seizing the Red Apple170
Sultan and Caesar172
The Ottomans Turn East174
Chapter 12Twilight in the West: Driven away in the Reconquista176
Subjects of the Christian Kings178
The Walled City of Fez180
Islam on the Defensive182
The Golden Evening184
The Fall of Granada186
Moors and Moriscos188
Further Reading and Museums190

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