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The Formation of Islam

The Formation of Islam
Religion and Society in the Near East, 600–1800

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  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588133

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  • Jonathan Berkey surveys the religious history of the peoples of the Near East from approximately 600 to 1800 c.e. After examining the religious scene in the Near East in late antiquity, he investigates Islam's first century, the "classical" period from the accession of the Abbasids to the rise of the Buyid amirs. He then traces the emergence of new forms of Islam in the middle period, deftly showing how Islam emerged slowly as part of a prolonged process.

    • An accessible and comprehensive survey of the religious history of the Near East from 600 to 1800
    • Covers both the formation of Islam, and its relationship to other religious traditions
    • For students and general readers as a starting-point for further study
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    • Winner of the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani prize 2003

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Berkey provides a well-synthesized basis for the understanding of Islamic history on a broad basis. He has drawn on a significant range of scholarship and has provided extensive footnotes which will help students in their research work in secondary sources." Canadian Journal of History

    "...a vital aid to academics and advanced students alike." American Historical Review

    "A well-written and insightful presentation of Islam's historical development...Highly recommended." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588133
    • length: 301 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.438kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Near East before Islam:
    1. Introduction
    2. The religions of late antiquity
    3. Arabia before Islam
    4. The early seventh century
    Part II. The Emergence of Islam, 600–750:
    5. Approaches and problems
    6. The origins of the Muslim community
    7. Early Islam in the Near East
    8. The Umayyad period
    9. The beginnings of sectarianism
    10. The non-Muslims of early Islam
    11. The 'Abbasid revolution
    Part III. The Consolidation of Islam, 750–1000:
    12. Issues of Islamic identity
    13. Religion and politics
    14. Shi'ism
    15. The formation of Sunni traditionalism
    16. Asceticism and mysticism
    17. The non-Muslim communities
    Part IV. Medieval Islam, 1000–1500:
    18. The medieval Islamic Near East
    19. A Sunni 'revival'?
    20. Common patterns in social and political organization
    21. Modes of justice
    22. The transmission of religious knowledge
    23. Sufism
    24. Popular religion
    25. From medieval to modern Islam.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Art and Culture of Islam
    • Contemporary issues in Islam
    • Early and Medieval Islam
    • Gunpowder empires: Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals
    • History of the Middle East to 1800
    • Introduction to Islam
    • Islam and Modernity in South Asia
    • Islam in the World
    • Islamic History-1
    • Islamic Middle East, 600-1800
    • Islamic World
    • Jewish Society in Islamic Lands, 600-1500
    • Making of Modern Middle East
    • Medieval Islamic History
    • Middle East 600-1600
    • Muslims and the Qur'an
    • Philosophies and Religion of Islam
    • Religion and Politics in the Muslim World
    • World Civilizations
  • Author

    Jonathan P. Berkey, Davidson College, North Carolina
    Jonathan P. Berkey is Associate Professor of History at Davidson College. His publications include Popular Preaching and Religious Authority in the Medieval Islamic Near East (2001).


    • Winner of the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani prize 2003

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