OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199545728

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¥1,628
著者: 
Adam J. Silverstein
ページ
176 ページ
フォーマット
Paperback
サイズ
111 x 173 mm
刊行日
2010年01月
シリーズ
Very Short Introductions

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  • Provides a chronological survey of the origins and subsequent spread of Islam throughout the world
  • Demonstrates the cultural and religious diversity of Islamic societies
  • Explores the story, sources, and significance of Islamic history and considers the way it shaped the present state of Muslim societies
  • Relates the subjects relevance to the modern world

  
Does history matter? This book argues not that history matters, but that Islamic history does. This Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history; the controversies surrounding its study; and the significance that it holds - for Muslims and for non-Muslims alike.

Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of Islam, from the seventh to twenty first century, the book charts the evolution of what was originally a small, localised community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents. 
Chapters are also dedicated to the peoples - Arabs, Persians, and Turks - who shaped Islamic history, and to three representative institutions - the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate - that highlight Islam's diversity over time.

Finally, the roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts are analysed, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys amongst Muslims, especially compared to its lowly place in Western societies where history is often seen as little more than something that is not to be repeated.

Some of the questions that will be answered are:

· How did Islam arise from the obscurity of seventh century Arabia to the headlines of twenty first century media?
· How do we know what we claim to know about Islam's rise and development?
· Why does any of this matter, either to Muslims or to non-Muslims?

目次: 

1: The story of Islamic history
2: Peoples and cultures
3: Institutions
4: The sources
5: Competing approaches
6: Religious significance
7: Political significance
Conclusions
Further reading

著者について: 

Adam Silverstein has taught Islamic history at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He is University Research Lecturer in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He is also Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a member of The Magic Circle.
 
Author Adam J. Silverstein introduces 'Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction' in this 'Meet the Author' video

"The book is extremely lucid, readable, sensibly organised, and wears its considerable learning, as they say, 'lightly'." - BBC History Magazine

"I cannot imagine any reader not profiting from this tight-packed and intelligently presented text." - BBC History Magazine

"Brilliant little book...This highly approachable text is evidently backed by a deep scholarship and is full of eye-catching perspectives." - Steven Poole, The Guardian

"Silverstein, who teaches the subject at Oxford University, is up-to-date, shrewd and often witty..."

"the book's lucidity, intelligence and indeed its brevity make it an ideal introduction to the field of study..."

"The book is a gem, and it deserves a wide readership well beyond the academic community." - David Morgan, TLS

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