The Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 2B, Islamic Society and Civilisation
P. M. Holt, Peter Malcolm Holt, Ann K. S. Lambton, Bernard Lewis
Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 1977 - History - 580 pages
The aim of these volumes is to present the history of Islam as a cultural whole. It is hoped that in a single concise work the reader will be able to follow all the main threads: political, theological, philosophical, economic, scientific, military, artistic. But The Cambridge history of Islam is not a repository of facts, names and dates; it is not intended primarily for reference, but as a book for continuous reading. The editors believe that, while it will not be despised by the expert orientalist, it will be useful to students in other fields of history, and particularly to university students of oriental subjects, and will also appeal to those who read history for intellectual pleasure. -- From Preface Volume 1A (page ix).
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THE SOURCES OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION
ECONOMY SOCIETY INSTITUTIONS
b PERSIAN LITERATURE
THE TRANSMISSION OF LEARNING AND LITER
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