Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]: A Historical Encyclopedia

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Alexander Mikaberidze
ABC-CLIO, Jul 22, 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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The part about India-Pakitan war of 1947 over Kashmir is pure fiction. In 1947 there was one kingdom of "Jammu and Kashmir" and not two separate states of Jammu and Kashmir. Lord Mountbatton "did not help" India airlift her troops to Srinagar. It was done by Indian leaders and Indian army after the state legally acceded to India.. Lord Mountbatton and British officers used delaying tactics to give pakistani raiders and armyenough time to capture Kashmir. He persuaded prime minister Nehru to take the complaint to UN. The UN reolution of 13 August 1948 was initially rejected by Pakistan (in 4 days). They accepted it only when their army was at the verge of a complete defeat in Nov/Dec 1948. If the war had continued any longer, entire territory of Jammu and Kashmir would have been freed by India and there wuld have been no Kashmir problem. 


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Alexander Mikaberidze is assistant professor of history at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA and an award-winning author of eight books.

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