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
"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