Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power

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Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power

Format:  Paperback,

304 pages

Publisher: Yale Univ Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2002

ISBN-13: 9780300094220

ISBN-10: 0300094221

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In its first thousand years -- from the revelations to Muhammad in the seventh century to the great Islamic empires of the sixteenth -- Islamic civilization flourished. While Europeans suffered through the Dark Ages, Muslims in such cities as Jerusalem, Damascus, Alexandria, Fez, Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad made remarkable advances in philosophy, science, medicine, literature, and art. This engrossing and accessible book explores the first millennium of Islamic culture, shattering stereotypes and enlightening readers about the events and achievements that have shaped contemporary Islamic civilization.

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair examine the rise of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the Islamic principles of faith. They describe the golden age of the Abbasids, the Mongol invasions, and the great Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires that emerged in their wake. Their narrative, complemented by excerpts of the Koran, poetry, biographies, inscriptions, travel guides, and even a thirteenth-century recipe, concludes with a brief epilogue that takes us to the twentieth century. Colorfully illustrated, this book is a wonderful introduction to the rich history of a civilization that still radically affects the world.


Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2002
ISBN-13: 9780300094220
ISBN-10: 0300094221
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 7.75 x 0.75

Chapter outline

A Note on Terminologyp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Muhammad and the Origins of Islam, 600-750p. 17
The World at the Rise of Islamp. 19
Muhammad and the Revelation of Islamp. 27
The Sources of Faithp. 35
Muhammad's Successorsp. 49
The Spread of Islamic Powerp. 65
The Golden Age, 750-1250p. 77
The Cruciblep. 79
City and Countryp. 103
The Flowering of Intellectual Lifep. 119
The Age of Empires, 1250-1700p. 157
Regional Powersp. 159
Consolidationp. 181
Expansionp. 221
Epiloguep. 233
Glossaryp. 241
Notes for Further Readingp. 245
Referencesp. 251
Indexp. 259
About the Authorsp. 269

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