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Islam : a short history

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000.
Series: Modern Library chronicles.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Modern Library edView all editions and formats
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No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. The author's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Muhammad, Prophet
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 0679640401 9780679640400
OCLC Number: 43552741
Description: xxxiv, 222 p. : maps ; 19 cm.
Contents: 1. Beginnings : The prophet (570-632) ; The Rashidun (632-661) ; The first fitnah --
2. Development : The Umayyads and the second fitnah ; The religious movement ; The last years of the Umayyads (705-750) ; The Abbasids: The high caliphal period (750-935) ; The esoteric movements --
3. Culmination : A new order (935-1258) ; The crusades ; Expansion ; The Mongols (1220-1500) --
4. Islam triumphant : Imperial Islam (1500-1700) ; The Safavid empire ; The Moghul empire ; The Ottoman empire --
5. Islam agonistes : The arrival of the west (1750-2000) ; What is a modern Muslim state? ; Fundamentalism ; Muslims in a minority ; The way forward --
Key figures in the history of Islam.
Series Title: Modern Library chronicles.
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.
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No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. The author's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest. This book begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. It recounts the origins of the split between Shii and Sunni Muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam. It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges.

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