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A history of the Muslim world to 1405 : the making of a civilization

Author: Vernon Egger
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004. ©2004
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This book is an introduction to the history of the Muslim world for readers with little or no knowledge of the subject. It points out the unifying elements that bind together the Muslim world, but stresses the religious and political differences that prevent them from acting as a unit. This book features economic, political, intellectual, and social developments over the wide area of the Muslim world and across many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vernon Egger
ISBN: 0130983896 9780130983893
OCLC Number: 52214696
Description: xvi, 336 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Formative Period, 610-950. Origins --
Southwestern Asia in the seventh century --
The rise of Islam --
Arab imperialism. Arab conquest --
Umayyad administration --
Dissolution of the Arab Empire --
The development of sectarianism. ʹAli and the politics of division --
The Abbasid Revolution --
Shiʹite identities --
The Sunni consensus --
The center cannot hold: three caliphates. The Abbasid caliphate --
The Fatimid caliphate --
The Umayyad caliphate of Cordoba --
Econmic networks --
Synthesis and creativity. The origins of Islamic law --
Early Sufism --
The reception of science and philosophy --
The development of an Islamic theology --
A civilization under siege, 950-1260. Filling the vacuum of power, 950-1100. The Buyid sultanate --
The advent of the Turks --
The Fatimid Empire --
The Nizaris ("Assassins") --
The Muslim West --
Barbarians at the gates, 1100-1260. The period of the Crusades --
The loss of Andalus --
Realignment in the East --
The consolidation of traditions. Science and philosophy --
Consolidating institutions: Sufism --
Consolidating institutions: Shiʹism --
The transmission of knowledge --
English words derived from Arabic --
The Muslim commonwealth. Frontiers and identities --
The city and the countryside --
Conversion to Islam --
The issue of authority in the Muslim world --
Mongol hegemony, 1260-1405. The great transformation. The Mongol khanates --
New centers of Islamic culture --
Scourges --
Unity and diversity in Islamic traditions. Intellectual life in the fourteenth century --
Law --
The varieties of religious expression.
Responsibility: Vernon O. Egger.

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Points out the unifying elements that bind together the Muslim world, and stresses the religious and political differences that inhibit unity. This text is appropriate for undergraduate courses in  Read more...

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