Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1 (Google eBook)
ABC-CLIO, Jul 31, 2011 - History - 1042 pages
Military-political conflict—and the resulting factionalism, shifts in leadership, and divergent belief systems—has been a constant and crucial part of the Islamic world. In order to fully grasp the cultural, social, or political aspects of Islam in the modern world, it is necessary to comprehend the rich tapestry of Islamic history from pre-Islamic times to the present, much of which involved armed conflict.
Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia provides hundreds of entries on wars, revolutions, sieges, institutions, leaders, armies, weapons, and other aspects of wars and military life, enabling readers to understand the complex role conflict has played in Islamic life throughout history and see how Islamic warfare has evolved over the centuries. This reference work covers not only the traditional Middle Eastern regions and countries but also provides relevant historical information regarding Islam in North Africa, Central Asia, Southeastern Asia, and Oceania.
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With this survey, Mikaberidze (history, Louisiana State Univ.; The Battle of Borodino; The A to Z of Georgia) adds considerable depth to available resources about the Muslim world's military history. There are approximately 625 articles on significant battles, campaigns, figures, armies, weapons, treaties, and other topics related to 254 conflicts from the Battle of Badr (623 C.E.) to the current civil strife in Syria and Libya. Alphabetically arranged articles range in scope from "Great Game" and "al Qaeda in Iraq" to six separate "Constantinople, Treaty of" entries and a career profile of the 18th-century pirate Hajji Husein Pasha. Each covers its topic in clear, nontechnical prose, using the Gregorian calendar for dating and versions of names that are relatively free of diacritical marks. Each also closes with cross-references and source citations for further (English-language) reading. The first volume opens with alphabetical and topical lists of articles; the second closes with an extensive glossary and a comprehensive index. Maps are rare, and the only illustrations are a few small and usually murky black-and-white photos. Though the main focus is on events in the Middle East and North Africa, several articles—notably nine pages for "Mongols" and nearly four for "military medicine, medieval Islamic"—look further afield. Many conceptual essays at least try to present judicious discussions, e.g., in "jihad," "suicide bombings," and others on similar hot-button topics. Current enough to include mention of Osama bin Laden's demise, this set will be equally valuable as an adjunct to John L. Esposito's Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2009) or an extension of Juan E. Campo's shorter Encyclopedia of Islam (Facts On File, 2009). BOTTOM LINE Despite the paucity of maps and other illustrations, Mikaberidze's work will provide high school and college-level researchers with generous measures of hard-to-find information on a (sadly) enduring theme.—John Peters, formerly with NYPL
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