Islam: An Historical Introduction

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Edinburgh University Press, 2002 - Islam - 301 pages
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Reviews of the first edition:"Students of Islam... will find it an invaluable and convenient source of information."Journal of Semitic Studies"A major reference tool for student and teacher for many years to come."Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society"This impressive book... is certain to be kept at the desk where lectures are written."Journal of the American Oriental Society"Endress presents an accurate picture of the interplay of religious inspiration and historical circumstances which shaped Islamic history from its inception... It reflects a distinct sensitivity to the nuances of the subject culture, combined with a clear command of the scholarly sources... It is therefore most appropriate for graduate students beginning a Middle East or Islamic specialization, for professional scholars with other specializations seeking a synoptic treatment of Islamic history, or for teachers in need of an outline for an Islamic survey course."MESA BulletinThis highly acclaimed survey provides a thoughtful and concise account of all aspects of Islam in history. Following an appraisal of the study of Islam, Gerhard Endress guides the reader through key elements:* Religion (including the Revelation of the prophet Muhammad and the development of doctrine in its historical setting)* Law and the state in medieval Islam* Social and economic aspects of medieval Islam* The historical development of each of the main regions of the Islamic world (the Arabian peninsula; Syria and Palestine; Iraq; Spain; North Africa; Egypt; Iran; Anatolia)* The principal trends and major periods of Islamic history* The development of Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages* Names and Titles* The Muslim calendar* A chronology of political and cultural events from the rise of Islam to the twentieth centuryWritten in clear and accessible language, this is the essential introduction to Islamic history and culture. The new edition has bee

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Gerhard Endress is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ruhr University, Bochum (Germany).

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