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The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World


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Francis Robinson, Patricia Crone, Robert Irwin, Steven Dale, Sarah Ansari, K. N. Chaudhuri, Basim Musallam, Stephen Vernoit
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  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521669931


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  • Islamic peoples account for one fifth of the world's population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of what Islam really is. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this, revealing the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture. As well as taking on the issues uppermost in everyone's minds, such as the role of religious and political fundamentalism, they demonstrate the importance of commerce; literacy and learning; Islamic art; the effects of immigration, exodus, and conquest; and the roots of current crises in the Middle East, Bosnia, and the Gulf. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the interaction between Islam and the West, from the first Latin translations of the Quran to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. This elegant book deliberately sets out to dismantle the Western impression of Islam as a monolithic world and replace it with a balanced view, from current issues of fundamentalism to its dynamic culture and art. Francis Robinson is the editor of two outstanding reference works: Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500 (Cambridge, 1982) and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India (1989).

    • Written by a team of leading specialists on Islamic history, and with a foreword by Ira Lapidus
    • Lavishly illustrated throughout with over 220 pictures, including maps
    • Special panel features on influential issues, ideas, people, places and events
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It is a challenging task to describe the contributions of one billion Muslims who inhabit the Middle East and much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia. However, the editor and the contributors of The Islamic World managed to put it all in perspective with accurate information, selective emphasis, and well-chosen photographs distributed fairly and with good taste throughout the book. The subject progession, the easy style of writing, and the black-and-white and color illustrations make the book easy to read, particularly for college students and the general reader." Digest of Middle East Studies

    "This book helps to dispel myth and hearsay with solid information about one of the world's most maligned religions. Accessible, interesting, and thorough, this volume serves students who want to be more informed about a religion that is so often in the news." Rebecca Woodcock, University of Exeter

    "This richly illustrated volume is one of the first of this growing number of works to make the world of Islam accessible to a wide range of readers while keeping to high standards of scholarship. Written to make the world of Islam readily accessible to the student and general reader, this volume fulfills its aims and makes a generous contribution to the field." International Journal of Middle East Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521669931
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 204 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.257kg
    • contains: 102 b/w illus. 99 colour illus. 14 maps 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Ira M Lapidus
    Introduction Francis Robinson
    Part I:
    1. The rise of Islam in the world Patricia Crone
    2. The emergence of the Islamic world system, 1000–1500 Robert Irwin
    3. The Islamic world system in the age of European expansion Steven Dale
    4. The Islamic world in the era of Western domination, 1800 to the present Sarah Ansari
    Part II:
    5. The economy in Muslim societies K. N. Chaudhuri
    6. The ordering of Muslim societies Basim Musallam
    7. Knowledge, its transmission and the making of Muslim societies Francis Robinson
    8. Artistic expressions of Muslim societies Stephen Vernoit
    Conclusion Francis Robinson
    Rulers of the Islamic World
    Picture acknowledgements

  • Editor

    Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London


    Ira M. Lapidus, University of California, Berkeley


    Francis Robinson, Patricia Crone, Robert Irwin, Steven Dale, Sarah Ansari, K. N. Chaudhuri, Basim Musallam, Stephen Vernoit

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