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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. Karen Armstrong'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.

Islam: A Short History 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.

With this brilliant book, Karen Armstrong issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the view that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course. It is also a model of authority, elegance, and economy.

About the Author

Karen Armstrong is one of the worlds foremost scholars on religious affairs. She is the author of a number of bestselling books, including The Battle for God, Buddha, Jerusalem, A History of God, and Through the Narrow Gate, a memoir of her seven years as a nun. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812966183
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Various
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Islamic empire
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Islamic Empire History.
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Modern Library ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Series Volume:
C2KBR/01-3
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.02x5.19x.59 in. .44 lbs.

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