The Rise of Islam (Google eBook)
The birth of Islam in the 7th century and its subsequent outward expansion from the Arab world has been one of the most influential occurrences in world history. During its first few decades, the new faith inspired conquests from Spain to northern India. In this illuminating study, the author tracks the rise of Islam from it 7th century beginnings with the life of the Prophet Muhammad to the collapse of the Islamic empire in the early 10th century. He demonstrates how a sophisticated, new religion and society emerged to become one of the world's most vital and sustained cultures. The opening chapter provides an outline of the history of early Islamic society over a period of roughly three centuries, from the early 7th to the early 10th centuries, concentrating on pre-Islamic Arab countries and the life of the Prophet. Subsequent chapters treat Arab-Islamic conquests; the early Islamic empire; and society and religion, particularly in the early Abbasid period (750-925 C.E.). The spread of urbanization throughout the early Islamic world is highlighted. Fifteen brief biographies of key figures such as Qur'an commentators, empire-building caliphs, scholars, and military leaders help to add a personal human element to the data, and 15 translated primary documents ranging from key Qur'annic passages to contemporary accounts of military campaigns bring the history to life. A glossary of terms, a timeline, and selected bibliography aid student research. The work is fully indexed.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Abbasid caliphate Abd al-Malik Abd al-Rahman Abdallah Abu Bakr Abu Ja'far Ahmad ibn al-Hasan al-Husayn al-Ma'mun al-Mansur al-Mu'tasim al-Rashid al-Tabari Ali's Arab Arabia Arib authority Baghdad Banu Banu Hashim Buwayhids Byzantine campaigns central clan Commander cultural death debate dinars DOCUMENT dynasty early Abbasid period early Arab-Islamic early Islamic history early Islamic period early Muslims East Egypt elite Empire faith Fatimid forces God's Hadith Harun historians ibn Abi Talib Ibn Hanbal imam imperial Iran Iraq Ishaq Islamic law Islamic world Ka'ba Khariji Khurasan known Kufa lamic later leadership marriage Mecca medieval Medina Mihna military modern mosque movement Mu'awiya Mu'tazili Muhammad Muhammad ibn Muslim official palace political pre-Islamic Prophet proto-Sunni qadi Qur'an Quraysh Rashidun caliphs regions reign religious role Samarra Sasanid scholars scholarship Shi'a Shi'i significant slave successor Sunni Surat Syria teachings tenth century tradition translated tribal tribes Turkish Twelver Umar Umayyad umma University Press urban Uthman verse women