About the Author(s)
Fitzroy Morrissey is a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. A specialist in Sufism and the intellectual history of the Islamic world, he is the author of Sufism and the Perfect Human (Routledge, 2020) and Sufism and the Scriptures (I.B. Tauris, 2020).
"Fitzroy Morrissey's book fills a major void in general knowledge by offering a concise, clear, easy-to-follow guide through Islam as both a religion and a political-cultural force. A Short History of Islamic Thought delivers exactly what it promises ... It's an impressive feat to capture so much in so few pages." -- Marissa Moss, New York Journal of Books
"The history of Islamic thought is a well-told tale, by both Muslim and Western scholars ... Morrissey does a good job tracing this diverse canon in clear, genial prose." -- Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs
"A magisterial accomplishment based on extensive reading into Islamic sources across the centuries. Balanced and clear, and a fascinating read, this is the best guide to the history and theology of Islam in print." -- Eugene Rogan, author of The Arabs: A History
"This lucid, concise and humane book is the best guide to Islamic thinking that I've read. Fitzroy Morrissey explains the key developments, from the Qu'ran to Khomeini, setting them in a context that makes them much easier to grasp and writing in a way that makes you want to know what happened next. If you are looking for an introduction to the principles of Islam, or for enlightenment on the Sunni-Shia split or Islam's different schools of thought, this is the book you need." -- James Barr, author of A Line In The Sand