Islam: An Historical Introduction

  • Series: The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys
  • Author: Gerhard Endress
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 2nd Edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 314
  • ISBN-10: 0748616209
  • ISBN-13: 9780748616206
  • Format: PDF

This highly acclaimed survey provides a thoughtful and concise account of all aspects of Islam in history. Following an appraisal of the study of Islam, Gerhard Endress guides the reader through key elements:

• Religion (including the Revelation of the prophet Muhammad and the development of doctrine in its historical setting)
• Law and the state in medieval Islam
• Social and economic aspects of medieval Islam
• The historical development of each of the main regions of the Islamic world (the Arabian peninsula; Syria and Palestine; Iraq; Spain; North Africa; Egypt; Iran; Anatolia)
• The principal trends and major periods of Islamic history
• The development of Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages
• Names and Titles
• The Muslim calendar
• A chronology of political and cultural events from the rise of Islam to the twentieth century

Written in clear and accessible language, this is the essential introduction to Islamic history and culture. The new edition has been corrected and revised, and includes a fully updated bibliography.


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