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Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

Adam J. Silverstein

January 2010

ISBN: 9780199545728

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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How did Islam arise from the obscurity of seventh century Arabia to the headlines of the twenty first century? This Very Short Introduction answers that question; exploring the cultural and religious diversity of Islamic history. Adam Silverstein explains its significance and considers its impact on Islamic society today.

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How did Islam arise from the obscurity of seventh century Arabia to the headlines of the twenty first century? This Very Short Introduction answers that question; exploring the cultural and religious diversity of Islamic history. Adam Silverstein explains its significance and considers its impact on Islamic society today.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Adam J. Silverstein, Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies and the Abrahamic Religions, King's College London

Table of Contents

    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

Reviews

"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