The Oxford History of Islam

Hardcover | November 15, 1999

EditorJohn L. Esposito

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Lavishly illustrated with over 300 pictures, including more than 200 in full color, The Oxford History of Islam offers the most wide-ranging and authoritative account available of the second largest--and fastest growing--religion in the world. John L. Esposito, Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, has gathered together sixteen leading scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to examine the origins and historical development of Islam--its faith, community, institutions, sciences, and arts.Beginning in the pre-Islamic Arab world, the chapters range from the story of Muhammad and his Companions, to the development of Islamic religion and culture and the empires that grew from it, to the influence that Islam has on today's world. The book covers a wide array of subjects, casting lighton topics such as the historical encounter of Islam and Christianity, the role of Islam in the Mughal and Ottoman empires, the growth of Islam in Southeast Asia, China, and Africa, the political, economic, and religious challenges of European imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,and Islamic communities in the modern Western world. In addition, the book offers excellent articles on Islamic religion, art and architecture, and sciences as well as bibliographies. Events in the contemporary world have led to an explosion of interest and scholarly work on Islam. Written for the general reader but also appealing to specialists, The Oxford History of Islam offers the best of that recent scholarship, presented in a readable style and complemented by a richvariety of illustrations.

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Over many centuries, Islam made its way from Africa to the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China; today, it has found a large following in Western Europe and North America. What is the appeal of Islam? How has it contributed to other major religions, science, literature, art and architecture? John L. Esposito traces the roots of Islam ...

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Lavishly illustrated with over 300 pictures, including more than 200 in full color, The Oxford History of Islam offers the most wide-ranging and authoritative account available of the second largest--and fastest growing--religion in the world. John L. Esposito, Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern ...

John L. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. A past president of the Middle East Studies Association, he is the author of numerous books on the Muslim world, including Islam: The Straight Pa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 7.72 × 10.12 × 1.69 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195107993

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A useful Book This book presents the entire history of Islam effectively. It goes through all the caliphates and even goes into other fields of Islam like architecture. A useful book for those who want to know about the fastest growing religion in the world.
Date published: 2000-08-21

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Table of Contents1. Fred M. Donner (University of Chicago): MUHAMMAD AND THE CALIPHATE: Political History of the Islamic Empire up to the Mongol Conquest2. Vincent J. Cornell (Duke University): FRUIT OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE: The Relationship between Faith and Practice in Islam3. Mohammad Hashim Kamali (International Islamic University, Malaysia): LAW AND SOCIETY: The Interplay of Revelation and Reason in the Shariah4. Ahmad Dallal (Stanford University): SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND TECHNOLOGY: The Making of a Scientific Culture5. Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom: ART AND ARCHITECTURE: Themes and Variations6. Majid Fakhry (American University of Beirut and Georgetown University): PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY: From the Eighth Century C.E. to the Present7. Jane I. Smith (Hartford Seminary): ISLAM AND CHRISTENDOM: Historical, Cultural, and Religious Interaction from the Seventh to the Fifteenth Centuries8. Ira M. Lapidus (University of California at Berkeley): SULTANATES AND GUNPOWDER EMPIRES: The Middle East9. Bruce B. Lawrence (Duke University): THE EASTWARD JOURNEY OF MUSLIM KINGSHIP: Islam in South and Southeast Asia10. Dru C. Gladney (Asia-Pacific Center and University of Hawaii, Manoa): CENTRAL ASIA AND CHINA: Transnationalization, Islamization, and Ethnicization11. Nehemia Levtzion (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): ISLAM IN AFRICA TO 1800: Merchants, Chiefs, and Saints12. John Obert Voll (Georgetown University): FOUNDATIONS FOR RENEWAL AND REFORM: Islamic Movements in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries13. S. V. R. Nasr (University of San Diego): EUROPEAN COLONIALISM AND THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN MUSLIM STATES14. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad (Georgetown University): THE GLOBALIZATION OF ISLAM: The Return of Muslims to the West15. John L. Esposito (Georgetown University): CONTEMPORARY ISLAM: Reformation Or Revolution?ChronologySelect BibliographyContributorsImage SourcesIndex

From Our Editors

Over many centuries, Islam made its way from Africa to the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China; today, it has found a large following in Western Europe and North America. What is the appeal of Islam? How has it contributed to other major religions, science, literature, art and architecture? John L. Esposito traces the roots of Islam and examines its future in The Oxford History of Islam.

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"This volume surpasses all previous introductions to the spread, consolidation, and impact of Islam and Muslim culture on the world. The essays are as panoramic as the dissemination of Islam."--The Historian