A History of Islamic Societies

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 13, 2014 - History - 980 pages
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This new edition of one of the most widely used course books on Islamic civilizations around the world has been substantially revised to incorporate the new scholarship and insights of the last twenty-five years. Ira Lapidus' history explores the beginnings and transformations of Islamic civilizations in the Middle East and details Islam's worldwide diffusion. The history is divided into four parts. Part I is a comprehensive account of pre-Islamic late antiquity; the beginnings of Islam; the early Islamic empires; and Islamic religious, artistic, legal and intellectual cultures. Part II deals with the construction in the Middle East of Islamic religious communities and states to the fifteenth century. Part III includes the history to the nineteenth century of Islamic North Africa and Spain; the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires; and other Islamic societies in Asia and Africa. Part IV accounts for the impact of European commercial and imperial domination on Islamic societies and traces the development of the modern national state system and the simultaneous Islamic revival from the early nineteenth century to the present.
 

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Contents

Middle Eastern societies before Islam
7
THE PREACHING OF ISLAM
22
preaching community and state formation
33
THE ARABMUSLIM IMPERIUM 632945
46
economic and social change
54
The caliphate to 750
65
The Abbasid Empire
74
Decline and fall of the Abbasid Empire
85
Islamic empires compared
414
Islamic societies in Southeast Asia
432
ISLAM IN AFRICA
447
The West African jihads
467
Islam in East Africa and the European colonial empires
477
CONCLUSION
490
The global context
497
MUSLIM PEOPLES FROM
509

THE ISLAM OF THE IMPERIAL ELITE
92
Caliphs and emperors
102
Introduction
114
Shii Islam
139
The nonMuslim minorities
153
Continuity and change in the historic cultures of the Middle East
167
FROM ISLAMIC COMMUNITY TO ISLAMIC SOCIETY
175
10001500 CE
208
The collective ideal
230
The personal ethic
237
Middle Eastern Islamic patterns
258
THE GLOBAL EXPANSION OF ISLAM FROM THE SEVENTH
267
Islamic North Africa to the thirteenth century
288
SpanishIslamic civilization
298
Tunisia Algeria and Morocco from the thirteenth to the nineteenth
316
North African variations
326
decentralization commercialization
363
The Arab provinces under Ottoman rule
373
the Delhi sultanates and the Mughal Empire
391
NATIONALISM AND ISLAM IN THE MIDDLE EAST
524
state and religion in the modern era
544
secularism and Islamic modernity
561
Arabism military states and Islam
579
The Arabian Peninsula
608
North Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
627
nineteenth to twentyfirst centuries coauthor Lena
652
ISLAM AND SECULARISM IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ASIA
667
India Pakistan Afghanistan and Bangladesh
698
Indonesia Malaysia and the Philippines
729
ISLAM IN TWENTIETHCENTURY AFRICA
755
Islam in East Africa
780
Universal Islam and African diversity
798
secularized Islam and Islamic revival
826
Glossary
859
Bibliography
869
Annotated bibliography from A History of Islamic Societies second edition
905
Index
951
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Ira M. Lapidus is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his long and illustrious career he has published extensively. His abiding interest has been the relationships among families, tribes, religious communities, cities and states. This is exemplified in his current work and previous publications, including Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages (1967, 1984), Middle Eastern Cities (edited, 1969), Contemporary Islamic Movements in Historical Perspective (1983), Islam, Politics and Social Movements, co-edited with Edmund Burke (1988), A History of Islamic Societies (1988, 2002), and Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History (2012).

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