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Islam : a short history

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: London : Phoenix, ©2002.
Series: Universal history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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In the public mind, Islam is a religion of extremes: it is the world's fastest growing faith; more than three-quarters of the world's refugees are Islamic; it has produced government by authoritarian monarchies in Saudi Arabia and ultra-republicans in Iran. Whether we are reading about civil war in Algeria or Afghanistan, the struggle for the soul of Turkey, or political turmoil in Pakistan or Malaysia, the Islamic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 9781842125830 1842125834 081296618X 9780812966183 1842124625 9781842124628 0753816466 9780753816462
OCLC Number: 192072846
Notes: Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.
Description: xxxii, 192 pages : maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Beginnings. The prophet (570-632) ; The rashidun (632-661) ; The first fitnah --
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 --
Culmination. A new order (935-1258) ; The crusades ; Expansion ; The Mongols (1220-1500) --
Islam triumphant. Imperial Islam (1500-1700) ; The Safavid empire ; The Moghul empire ; The Ottoman empire --
Islam agonistes. The arrival of the west (1750-2000) ; What is a modern Muslim state? ; Fundamentalism ; Muslims in a minority ; The way forward.
Series Title: Universal history.
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.

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One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs on the history (and destiny) of the world's most misunderstood religion.  Read more...

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