The New Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 4, Islamic Cultures and Societies to the End of the Eighteenth Century

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Robert Irwin
Cambridge University Press, Nov 4, 2010 - History
Robert Irwin's authoritative introduction to the fourth volume of The New Cambridge History of Islam offers a panoramic vision of Islamic culture from its origins to around 1800. The introductory chapter, which highlights key developments and introduces some of Islam's most famous protagonists, paves the way for an extraordinarily varied collection of essays. The themes treated include religion and law, conversion, Islam's relationship with the natural world, governance and politics, caliphs and kings, philosophy, science, medicine, language, art, architecture, literature, music and even cookery. What emerges from this rich collection, written by an international team of experts, is the diversity and dynamism of the societies which created this flourishing civilization. Volume four of The New Cambridge History of Islam serves as a thematic companion to the three preceding, politically oriented volumes, and in coverage extends across the pre-modern Islamic world.
 

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Contents

List of figures
Introduction
Islam
Sufism
Varieties of Islam
history and transformation
Conversion and the ahl aldhimma
Muslim societies and the natural world
caliphs kings
The city and the nomad
Hugh Kennedy 9 Rural life and economy until 1800
Demography and migration
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About the author (2010)

Robert Irwin is senior research associate of the History Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. His previous publications include For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies (2006), Night and Horses and the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature (1999) and The Arabian Nights: A Companion (1994).

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