Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
by Adam J. Silverstein
Editor: Oxford University Press
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History is the materialThis book does not say that history is important, but that the history of IslamThis Very Short Introduction presents the history of Islamic history; the controversies surrounding its study; and the importance it holds for Muslims and non-Muslims.Opening with a lucid glance overview of the growth and spread of Islam, from the seventh to twenty-first century, the book traces the evolution of what was originally a small, localized community of believers in an international religion with over a billion followersChapters are also devoted to the Arab peoples, the Persians and Turks – who shaped the history of Islam, and to three representative institutions – the mosque, the jihad, and the caliphate – which highlight Islam’s diversity over timeFinally, the roles that the history of Islam has played both religious and political, the contexts are analyzed, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys among Muslims, especially in relation to its humble place in Wester
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