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The Islamic World is a collection of important and representative documents from all periods of Islamic history. From the formative years in Arabia to the confrontations with and responses to modernity, these translations indicate the continuity and development of the youngest of the world's greatest civilizations. Included are historical, theological, philosophical, and political writings, as well as poetry and narratives, from Muslim writers in the Arab lands, Turkey, Persia, and other parts of the Islamic world. The editors have provided informative introductions to each historical period and to the individual texts, making this an enlightening and intriguing first look at Islamic civilization and tradition.

About the Author

William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work as a teacher, scholar, and author. His many books include The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, and Mythistory and Other Essays, all published by the University of Chicago Press. 

William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, and Mythistory and Other Essays, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
 
Marilyn Robinson Waldman (1943-1996) was professor of history at Ohio State University and the author of Toward a Theory of Historical Narrative: A Case Study in Perso-Islamicate Historiography.

Table of Contents

I. The Formative Years 600-750

Introduction

Pre-Islâmic Arabia

Thâbit: The Death of the Knight Rabia, Called Boy Longlocks

Khansâ: "A Sister's Grief"

Ibn al-Kalbî: From The Book of Idols

Life of Muhammad

Ibn Ishâq: From Biography of the Messenger of God

Revelation

Selections from the Qur'ân

Conquest and Expansion

Balâdhurî: From Opening Up of the Lands

Crisis and Compromise

Tabarî: "The Death of 'Uthmân," from The History of Prophets and Kings

Ziyâd ibn Abîhî : "Inaugural Speech"

Hasan al-Basrî: Letter to 'Umar II

II. "The Golden Age" 750-1000

Introduction

Life Styles

Tanûkhî: From Ruminations and Reminiscences

Essays

Jâhiz: From "The Merits of the Turks" and Other Essays

Law

Shâfi'î: From The Treatise

History

Tabarî: From The History of Prophets and Kings

Theology

Ash'arî: From The Elucidation of Islâm's Foundation

Philosophy

Farâbî: From The Attainment of Happiness

Poetry

Mutanabbî: Four Poems

Abbâsid Decline

Ibn Miskawaih: From The Experiences of the Nations

III. Political Fragmentation and Cultural Florescence 1000-1400

Introduction

Crusades

Usâma: Memoirs

The New Mysticism: Theology

Ghazâlî: From That Which Delivers From Error

The New Mysticism: Poetry

From Rûmî: Dîvân-i Shams-i Tabrîz

Mongols

Ibn al-Athîr: From Great History

Juvainî: From The History of the World Conqueror

Expansion of Islâm

Ibn Batûta: From Travels

IV. The Era of the Three Empires 1400-1800

Introduction

Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople

Kritovoulos: From History of Mehmed the Conqueror

The Safavid Challenge

Letters from Selîm and Ismâ'îl

Portraits of Three Monarchs

I. The Ottoman Sylaymân

Busbecq: From The Turkish Letters

II. The Mughal Akbar

Abû'l-Fazl: From The Book of Akbar

III. The Safavid 'Abbâs

Report of the Carmelite Mission

V. The Crisis of Modernization: 19th and 20th Centuries

Introduction

The Plight of Islâm: Poetry

Iqbâl: From Complaint and Answer

The Plight of Islâm: Prose

Hussein: From The Stream of Days

Hussein: From The Future of Culture in Egypt

Revival

Afghânî: "Commentary on the Commentator"

Nationalism: The Case of Turkey

Atatürk: From "Speech to the Assembly, October, 1924"

Nationalism: The Case of Pakistan

From Jinnah: Presidential Address, December 1938

Speech Broadcast on Id Day, 13th November, 1939

Presidential Address, March, 1940 (?)

Reform in the Hinterland

The Mahdî: From Letters and Proclamations

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226561554
Editor:
McNeill, William H.
Editor:
Waldman, Marilyn Robinson
Editor:
McNeill, William H.
Editor:
Waldman, Marilyn Robinson
Editor:
McNeill, William; Waldman, Marilyn Robinson
Author:
McNeill, William
Author:
Waldman, Marilyn Robinson
Author:
McNeill, William H.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Civilization, islamic
Subject:
Middle East History.
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
REL037010
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
19840215
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
486
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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