A History of the Muslim World to 1405: The Making of a Civilization

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Routledge, Jun 23, 2016 - History - 352 pages

Muslims first appeared in the early seventh century as members of a persecuted religious movement in a sun-baked town in Arabia. Within a century, their descendants were ruling a vast territory that extended from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indus River valley in modern Pakistan. This region became the arena for a new cultural experiment in which Muslim scholars and creative artists synthesized and reworked the legacy of Rome, Greece, Iran, and India into a new civilization.

A History of the Muslim World to 1405 traces the development of this civilization from the career of the Prophet Muhammad to the death of the Mongol emperor Timur Lang. Coverage includes the unification of the Dar a1-Islam (the territory ruled by Muslims), the fragmentation into various religious and political groups including the Shi'ite and Sunni, and the series of catastrophes in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries that threatened to destroy the civilization.

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Balanced coverage of the Muslim world encompassing the region from the Iberian Peninsula to South Asia.

Detailed accounts of all cultures including major Shi'ite groups and the Sunni community.

Primary sources.

Numerous maps and photographs featuring a special four-color art insert.

Glossary, charts, and timelines.

 

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Contents

PREFACE
PART ONE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION AND DATING The Formative Period 610950
DOCUMENTS
The Rise of Islam
Conclusion
FURTHER READING
Chapter 2
Umayyad Administration
PART TWO FURTHER READING A Civilization Under Siege 9501260
The Fatimid Empire
The Nizaris Assassins
Map 21
BARBARIANS AT THE GATES 11001260
Realignment in the East
Map 71
THE CONSOLIDATION OF TRADITIONS

Dissolution of the Arab Empire
Conclusion
Chapter 3
The Abbasid Revolution
The Sunni Consensus
THREE CALIPHATES
The Fatimid Caliphate
The Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba
Economic Networks
Conclusion
Chapter 5
Early Sufism
The Reception of Science and Philosophy
The Development of an Islamic Theology
NOTES
Chapter 6
Shiism
The Transmission of Knowledge
ENGLISH WORDS DERIVED FROM ARABIC
THE MUSLIM COMMONWEALTH
The City and the Countryside
Conversion to Islam
Conclusion
THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION
New Centers of Islamic Culture
Map 101
Scourges
UNITY AND DIVERSITY IN ISLAMIC TRADITIONS
Conclusion
Western Asia and the Mediterranean on the Eve of Islam
INDEX
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