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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: September 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 about Islam. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this, revealing with the help of sumptuous illustration, insight, and expertise, 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, to dismantle our impression of Islam as a monolithic culture.

    • 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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    'This sumptuously illustrated volume, whose writers include well-known specialists such as Patricia Crone and Robert Irwin, has much to recommend it: a high level of text; copious, well-reproduced illustrations that are generally enhanced by clear and informative explanations and commentaries; and a splendid and comprehensive bibliography … together with a useful glossary and list of rulers.' Asian Affairs

    'Quality photographs and reproductions of works of art on nearly every page make the volume extremely attractive and render the reading enjoyable … This book answers the requirements of the uninitiated general public, as well as of students of Islamic and Asian civilisation.' Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

    ' … reliable sources of information, and beautifully produced.' International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 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

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    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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