Islam: A Brief History (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 2nd Revised edition)

Islam: A Brief History (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion 2nd Revised edition)

By: Tamara Sonn (author)Hardback

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Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition of this illuminating introduction to Islamic history expands its coverage of the Qur'an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women. An expanded new edition of this concise, illuminating introduction to Islam, written by one of the field's leading scholars Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam's phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, to the creation of modern states and its role in today's global society Features expanded coverage of the Qur'an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern Explores the complex interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history, drawing on specific examples including current developments in Pakistan

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About Author

Tamara Sonn is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary. She is the author of numerous books, including Interpreting Islam (1996) and Comparing Religions through Law (with J. Neusner, 1999), and is co-editor-in-chief of the Wiley-Blackwell online journal, Religion Compass .

Contents

List of Illustrations Foreword Preface Preface to the First Edition Maps 1. Many Paths to One God: Establishing the Ideals The Quran The Quran and Other Scriptures Themes of the Quran The Exemplary Life of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam: The Sunna The Early Muslim Community and the Pillars of Islam The Successors ("Caliphs") Early Communal Disputes Conclusion 2. The Pursuit of Knowledge in the Service of God and Humanity: The Golden Age Institutions Law Political Structure Cultural Achievements Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition: Sufism Conclusion 3. Division and Reorganization The Crusades and Other Disasters The Decline of the Abbasids and Rise of the Ottomans Persia: The Safavid Empire India and the Rise of the Mughals Understanding Developments in Islamic History Conclusion 4. Colonialism and Reform Colonialism The Outcome of World War I The Effects of Colonialism: The Challenge of Islamic Reform Themes of Islamic Reform: Personal Initiative and Social Solidarity Themes of Islamic Reform: Ijtihad Themes of Islamic Reform: Commitment to Learning Conclusion 5. Obstacles and Prospects for Islamic Reform Obstacles: The Impact of Colonialism Prospects for the Future Islam, Human Rights, and Democracy Islam among World Religions Notes Further Reading Source Acknowledgments Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/01/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781405180948
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781405180948
  • weight: 422
  • ISBN10: 1405180943
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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