The Cambridge Illustrated History Of The Islamic World

With the help of sumptuous illustration, insight, and expertise, this book reveals the complex, rich, and sometimes contrary nature of Islam. As well as addressing the current issues of religious and political fundamentalism, it looks at commerce, culture, demographics, and relations between Islam and the West. Islamic peoples account for one-fifth of the world's population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West about Islam. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this, revealing with the help of sumptuous illustration, insight, and expertise, the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture. As well as taking on the issues uppermost in everyone's minds, such as the role of religious and political fundamentalism, they demonstrate the importance of commerce, literacy and learning, Islamic art, the effects of immigration, exodus, and conquest, and the roots of current crises in the Middle East, Bosnia, and the Gulf. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the interaction between Islam and the West, from the first Latin translations of the Quran to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie, to dismantle our impression of Islam as a monolithic culture.

Product Overview
ISBN 9780521669931
Categories BX, History, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction: Humanities
Author(s) Cambridge University Press
Publisher Francis Robinson (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Pages 352
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.4cm x 2.5cm x 25.4cm
Weight 0.53 kg

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