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Lost Islamic history : reclaiming Muslim civilisation from the past

Author: Firas Alkhateeb
Publisher: London : Hurst, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France, to East Africa to South East Asia. Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and theologians, not to mention  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Firas Alkhateeb
ISBN: 9781849043977 1849043973
OCLC Number: 870284870
Description: ix, 217 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Pre-Islamic Arabia --
The life of the Prophet --
The rightly guided caliphs --
The establishment of the Muslim state --
Intellectual golden ages --
Upheaval --
Al-Andalus --
The edge --
Rebirth --
Decline --
Old and new ideas.
Responsibility: Firas Alkhateeb.
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A lively and eye-opening popular history of Islamic civilisation, this book seeks to redress the omission from the history books of many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists and  Read more...

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