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Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century
A Global History


  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732987

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  • First published in 1988, Ira Lapidus' A History of Islamic Societies has become a classic in the field, enlightening students, scholars, and others with a thirst for knowledge about one of the world's great civilizations. This book, based on fully revised and updated parts one and two of this monumental work,describes the transformations of Islamic societies from their beginning in the seventh century, through their diffusion across the globe, into the challenges of the nineteenth century. The story focuses on the organization of families and tribes, religious groups and states, showing how they were transformed by their interactions with other religious and political communities. The book concludes with the European commercial and imperial interventions that initiated a new set of transformations in the Islamic world, and the onset of the modern era. Organized in narrative sections for the history of each major region, with innovative, analytic summary introductions and conclusions, this book is a unique endeavour.

    • Charts the transformation of pre-modern Islamic societies from the seventh century to the nineteenth century
    • Lapidus, one of the leading historians of his generation, shows how Islamic societies evolved and changed through interaction with different cultures into a global religion
    • The book's breadth, clarity and balance will ensure its place in the classroom and beyond to all those interested in the spread and multifaceted nature of Islam
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732987
    • length: 788 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 27 maps 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to the history of Islamic societies
    Book I. Part I. The Beginnings of Islamic Civilizations, The Middle East from c.600 to c.1000:
    1. Middle Eastern societies before Islam
    2. Historians and the sources
    3. Arabia
    4. Muhammad: preaching, community, and state formation
    5. Introduction
    6. The Arab-Muslim conquests and the socio-economic bases of empire
    7. Regional developments: economic and social changes
    8. The caliphate to 750
    9. The 'Abbasid empire
    10. Decline and fall of the 'Abbasid empire
    11. Introduction: religion and identity
    12. The ideology of imperial Islam
    13. The 'Abbasids: caliphs and emperors
    14. Introduction
    15. Sunni Islam
    16. Shi'i Islam
    17. Muslim urban societies to the tenth century
    18. The non-Muslim minorities
    19. Continuity and change in the historic cultures of the Middle East
    Book I. Part II. From Islamic Community to Islamic Society: Egypt, Iraq and Iran, 945–c.1500:
    20. The post-'Abbasid Middle Eastern state system
    21. Muslim communities and Middle Eastern societies:
    1000–1500 CE
    22. The collective ideal
    23. The personal ethic
    24. Conclusion: Middle Eastern Islamic patterns
    Book II. The Global Expansion of Islam from the Seventh to the Nineteenth Century:
    25. Introduction: Islamic institutions
    26. Islamic north Africa to the thirteenth century
    27. Spanish-Islamic civilization
    28. Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries
    29. States and Islam: North African variations
    30. Introduction: empires and societies
    31. The Turkish migrations and the Ottoman empire
    32. The post-classical Ottoman empire: decentralization, commercialization, incorporation
    33. The Arab regions of the Middle East
    34. The Safavid empire
    35. The Indian subcontinent: the Delhi sultanates and the Mughal empire
    36. Islamic empires compared
    37. Inner Asia from the Mongol conquests to the nineteenth century
    38. Islamic societies in Southeast Asia
    39. The African context: Islam, slavery, and colonialism
    40. Islam in Sudanic, Savannah, and forest west Africa
    41. The West African jihads
    42. Islam in East Africa and the European colonial empires
    43. Conclusion: the varieties of Islamic societies
    44. The global context.

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

    • City in Muslim Societies
    • Classical Islamic Civilization
    • Early Islamic Civilization
    • History of Modern Middle East
    • History of the Middle East I
    • History of the Middle East and Islam I
    • Intro Islamic Civilization
    • Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
    • Introduction to the Middle East and Central Asia
    • Introduction to the Middle East, 570-1453
    • Islam
    • Islam in Internatioanl Relations
    • Islam in North Africa and Egypt
    • Islam: A History and Civilization
    • Islamic Art and Architecture
    • Islamic Civilization to 1517
    • Islamic Gunpowder Empires, 1301-1798
    • Islamic History to 1400 and Ottoman Empire
    • Islamic Societies, Culture, Politics
    • Jihad and Islamic Fundamentalism
    • Medieval Europe in the World
    • Medieval Islamic Civilization
    • Medieval Middle East and Classical Islam
    • Middle East: Roots of Conflict
    • Middle Eastern History I
    • Survey of Islamic Art and Material Culture
    • The Central Islamic Lands, 500-1700
    • The Making of Islamic Societies
    • Understanding Islam and Contemporary Muslim Societies
  • Author

    Ira M. Lapidus, University of California, Berkeley
    Ira Lapidus is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his long and illustrious career he has published extensively. His abiding interest has been the relationship between the family, the tribe and the city, and this is exemplified in his current work and previous publications, including Contemporary Islamic Movements in Historical Perspective (1983), Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages (1984), Islam, Politics and Social Movements, co-edited with Edmund Burke (1988) and A History of Islamic Societies (1988, 2002).

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