Synopses & Reviews
A History of Islamic Societies provides an authoritative and comprehensive treatment of the civilisations and patterns of life of Muslims throughout the world. Part I deals with the formative era of Islamic civilisation from the revelation of the Qur'an to the Thirteenth century and examines the transformation of Islam from a complex of doctrines and cultural systems into the organising principles of Middle Eastern Society. Part II traces the creation of similar societies in the Balkans, North Africa, Central Asia, China, India, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Part III considers the transformation of these societies under the forces of technological change, industrial revolution and European imperialism. It describes the emergence of modern economies, national states and secular ideologies in Muslim countries and seeks to assess the role of past Islamic institutions and present Islamic movements in the shaping of contemporary Muslim society.
"The History of Islamic Societies is a remarkably ambitious and successful one-volume synthesis. The sweep of Lapidus's historical imagination leads the reader from the origins of Islam in 7th-century Arabia to the consolidation of the Abbasid caliphate and the subsequent diffusion of Islamic civilization to Europe, Asia, and Africa." Edmund Burke, III, International Journal of Middle East Studies"...well illustrated with photographs and sketch maps. It contains a lengthy bibliography, lineage tables, and a useful glossary of Muslim terms. Destined to become a classic, it is highly recommended for college and public libraries." Choice"Brilliant, stimulating, unique are some of the adjectives that can properly be used to describe this extraordinary volume of research, discussion, information, and interpretation....No scholar concerned with the Middle East can afford to be ignorant of the book or its thesis....There are excellent and evocative illustrations, thirty-seven historical maps, figures and tables, a glossary, bibliography, and index. In short, quite apart from its fascinating historical and ideological message, the book is as encyclopedic as it is eclectic." Booknotes"This book is a major undertaking and deserves to be saluted as an outstanding achievement. Professor Lapidus' A History of Islamic Societies belongs to a rare breed of works which appear only once every two decades." Third World Quarterly"Specialists will find this synthesis most stimulating, particularly for matters peripheral to their expertise. Individual sections could be read with profit by people outside the field." Middle East Studies Association Bulletin"The outcome is a brilliant tour de force which far from supplementing the Cambridge History bids fair to supplant it...we can only stand back and admire an exposition of Islamic history in which deep sympathy and detachment are combined..." History Today"For anyone, student or professor, who wishes to grasp the special quality of Islamic History and its bearing on the present problems of Islamic societies, this book should be their place of first resort." History Today"This is a monumental work achieved by a single author." The International History Review
This book provides an authoritative and comprehensive treatment of the civilisations and patterns of life of Muslims throughout the world.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; List of figures; List of maps; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Publisher's preface; Part I. The Origins of Islamic Civilisation: the Middle East from c.600 to c.1200: Introduction: Middle Eastern societies before the advent of Islam; The Preaching of Islam: 1. Arabia; 2. The life of the Prophet; The Arab-Muslim Imperium (632-945): 3. The Arab conquests and the socio-economic bases of empire; 4. The Caliphate; 5. Cosmopolitan Islam: the Islam of the imperial elite; 6. Urban Islam: the Islam of the religious elites; 7. Islamic culture and the separation of state and religion; 8. The fall of the Abbasid empire; From Islamic Culture to Islamic Society: Iran and Iraq, 945-c.1200: 9. The post-Abbasid Middle Eastern state system; 10. Muslim communities and Middle Eastern societies; 11. The collective ideal; 12. The personal ethic; Conclusion: the Middle Eastern Islamic paradigm; Part II. The Worldwide Diffusion of Islamic Societies from the Tenth to the Nineteenth Century: Introduction: the Islamic world and the rise of Europe; The Middle Eastern Islamic Societies: 13. Iran: the Mongol, Timurid, and Safavid empires; 14. The Turkish migrations and the Ottoman Empire; 15. The Arab Middle East; 16. Islamic North Africa and Spain to the nineteenth century; 17. Inner Asia from the Mongol conquests to the nineteenth century; 18. The Indian subcontinent: the Delhi Sultanates and the Mughal empire; 19. The formation of Islamic societies in Southeast Asia; Islam in Africa: 20. Islam in Sudanic, savannah, and forest West Africa; 21. Islam in East Africa and the rise of European colonial empires; Part III. The Modern Transformation: Muslim Peoples in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Introduction: modernity and the transformation of Muslim societies: Nationalism and Islam in the Middle East: 22. Iran: state and religion in the modern era; 23. The dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the modernisation of Turkey; 24. Egypt: secularism and Islamic modernity; 25. The Arab Middle East: Arabism, military states, and Islam; 26. North Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Secularism and Islam in Central and Southern Asia: 27. The Indian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; 28. Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia; 29. Inner Asia under Russian and Chinese rule; Islam in Twentieth Century Africa: 30. Islam in West Africa; 31. Islam in East Africa; Conclusion: secularised Islam and Islamic revival; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.