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Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion #21: Islam: A Brief History

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Few subjects have gripped the Western world in the twenty-first century to the same degree as Islam, yet it remains widely misunderstood. This second edition of Islam: A Brief History is the ideal introduction, offering readers a concise yet thoroughly absorbing account of a faith that is shared by more than a billion people today.

Beginning with an account of the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, the book spans Islam’s phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, right up to the creation of modern states and the current situation in Islamic societies. Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition expands its coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women. It also includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, increasing its representation of mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern. The book’s accessible structure and Tamara Sonn’s lively writing style illuminate the complex interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history. Timely and concise, Islam: A Brief History is an indispensable introduction to Islam and its role in today’s global society.

Synopsis:

Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition of this illuminating introduction to Islamic history expands its coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women.
  • An expanded new edition of this concise, illuminating introduction to Islam, written by one of the field’s leading scholars
  • Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam’s phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, to the creation of modern states and its role in today’s global society
  • Features expanded coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women
  • Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern
  • Explores the complex interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history, drawing on specific examples including current developments in Pakistan

About the Author

Tamara Sonn is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary. She is the author of numerous books, including Interpreting Islam (1996) and Comparing Religions through Law (with J. Neusner, 1999), and is co-editor-in-chief of the Wiley-Blackwell online journal, Religion Compass.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Preface to the First Edition

Maps

1. Many Paths to One God: Establishing the Ideals

The Quran

The Quran and Other Scriptures

Themes of the Quran

The Exemplary Life of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam: The Sunna

The Early Muslim Community and the Pillars of Islam

The Successors ("Caliphs")

Early Communal Disputes

Conclusion

2. The Pursuit of Knowledge in the Service of God and Humanity: The Golden Age

Institutions

Law

Political Structure

Cultural Achievements

Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition: Sufism

Conclusion

3. Division and Reorganization

The Crusades and Other Disasters

The Decline of the Abbasids and Rise of the Ottomans

Persia: The Safavid Empire

India and the Rise of the Mughals

Understanding Developments in Islamic History

Conclusion

4. Colonialism and Reform

Colonialism

The Outcome of World War I

The Effects of Colonialism: The Challenge of Islamic Reform

Themes of Islamic Reform: Personal Initiative and Social Solidarity

Themes of Islamic Reform: Ijtihad

Themes of Islamic Reform: Commitment to Learning

Conclusion

5. Obstacles and Prospects for Islamic Reform

Obstacles: The Impact of Colonialism

Prospects for the Future

Islam, Human Rights, and Democracy

Islam among World Religions

Notes

Further Reading

Source Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405180948
Author:
Sonn, Tamara
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Islam -- Essence, genius, nature.
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Islamic
Subject:
#160; history, Koran, Quran, Qu
Subject:
#8217;ran, Muslims, Islam and human rights, Islam and women, Muhammad
Subject:
Islamic   history, Koran, Quran, Qu’ran, Muslims, Islam and human rights, Islam and women, Muhammad
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
20100119
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
222.8 x 147.6 x 18.799 mm 15 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
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"Synopsis" by , Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition of this illuminating introduction to Islamic history expands its coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women.
  • An expanded new edition of this concise, illuminating introduction to Islam, written by one of the field’s leading scholars
  • Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam’s phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, to the creation of modern states and its role in today’s global society
  • Features expanded coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women
  • Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern
  • Explores the complex interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history, drawing on specific examples including current developments in Pakistan
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