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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.

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Synopsis:

Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.

About the Author

\Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s 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.

Table of 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307431318
Subtitle:
A Short History
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Author:
Armstrong Karen
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
History : Middle East - General
Subject:
Religion : Islam - General
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Islamic empire
Subject:
Islamic Empire History.
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Islamic Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020806
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
230

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History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
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Religion » Islam » History

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