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Islamic History

Adam J. Silverstein

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545728
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777264 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Islamic History

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Why does Islamic history matter? Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction answers this question by introducing the story of Islamic history, the controversies surrounding its study, and the significance that it holds for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The rise and spread of Islam and the evolution into an international religion with over a billion adherents is charted. The peoples — Arabs, Persians, and Turks — who shaped Islamic history and three representative and diverse institutions — the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate — are presented. The roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts are also analysed, stressing the unique status that history enjoys amongst Muslims.

Keywords: Arab Nationalism; Osama Bin Laden; Central Asia; Dome of the Rock; Hadith; History; jihad; Mecca; Medina; Muslim; Ottoman Empire

Book.  176 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam ; Middle Eastern History

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Introduction in Islamic History

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The Story in Islamic History

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Peoples and Cultures in Islamic History

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Institutions in Islamic History

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The Sources in Islamic History

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Competing Approaches in Islamic History

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Religious Significance in Islamic History

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Political Significance in Islamic History

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