Islam A Short History

ISBN-10: 081296618X
ISBN-13: 9780812966183
Edition: 2002
Authors: Karen Armstrong
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.

Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs in both Britain and the United States. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and received a degree at Oxford University.

List of Maps
Preface
Chronology
Beginnings
The Prophet (570-632)
The Rashidun (632-661)
The First Fitnah
Development
The Umayyads and the Second Fitnah
The Religious Movement
The Last Years of the Umayyads (705-750)
The Abbasids: The High Caliphal Period (750-935)
The Esoteric Movements
Culmination
A New Order (935-1258)
The Crusades
Expansion
The Mongols (1220-1500)
Islam Triumphant
Imperial Islam (1500-1700)
The Safavid Empire
The Moghul Empire
The Ottoman Empire
Islam Agonistes
The Arrival of the West (1750-2000)
What is a Modern Muslim State?
Fundamentalism
Muslims in a Minority
The Way Forward
Key Figures in the History of Islam
Glossary of Arabic Terms
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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