Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World: A-L

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Richard C. Martin
Macmillan Reference USA, 2004 - Islam - 823 pages
"The Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world is a comprehensive, historically-focused reference work that introduces the doctrinal, legal, social, and spiritual ideas that inform the various traditions of Islam, and the changes they have experienced in almost 1400 years since the prophet Muhammad is said to have undergone his religious revelation. It is one of the only major references that discusses Islam's beliefs, practices, and traditions in their broader cultural and political contexts, tracing its history as a uniquely historical force from the Prophet and the caliphs to modern-day governments. The set documents the sweeping influence of Islam on the art, architecture, and vernacular literatures of the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia, and examines the encounters between Islam and modern social and political movements"--Page 4 of cover.

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