By Adam J. Silverstein

ISBN-10: 0199545723

ISBN-13: 9780199545728

Starting with a lucid evaluate of the increase and unfold of Islam, from the 7th to the twenty-first century, this Very brief advent introduces the tale of Islamic heritage, charting the evolution of what was once initially a small, localized group of believers into a world faith with over a thousand million adherents. The e-book examines how Islam rose from the obscurity of seventh-century Arabia to the vanguard of contemporary worldwide matters, and it highlights how we all know what we declare to grasp approximately Islam's upward thrust and improvement. Historian Adam J. Silverstein additionally discusses the peoples--Arabs, Persians, and Turks--who formed Islamic heritage, and sheds mild on 3 consultant institutions--the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate--that spotlight Islam's range over the years. ultimately, the e-book analyzes the jobs that Islamic heritage has performed in either spiritual and political contexts, whereas stressing the original prestige that background enjoys between Muslims, specially in comparison to its lowly position in Western societies the place historical past is frequently visible as little greater than whatever that isn't to be repeated.


"Silverstein is short and brilliant...This brief ebook has fabulous cultural-historical insights [on] each page--and unexpectedly Islamic historical past turns into, good, rather attention-grabbing, comprehensible, relating to Western history--and the current that rather more explicable. The ebook is obvious, witty, clever, and wonderful--read it." --School Library magazine on-line

"Silverstein merits compliment for his winning attempt in providing a readable and concise Islamic heritage. it is going to be instructive to curious scholars of any religion. His booklet is a credits to the phenomenal Oxford sequence of 'Very brief Introductions.'" --Saudi Gazette

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Political unity – and Shiism – returned to Iran with the Qajars (1794–1925), who ushered Iran into modernity. 41 The story From elsewhere in Afghanistan in the early 16th century, a prince known as Babur launched a successful raid into India. As Babur had claimed descent from both Chinggis Khan and Timur, it was a safe bet that he would try to conquer something. This he did in 1526, when his forces defeated the sultan of Delhi and established a dynasty in India. It was under his grandson Akbar (r.

Although in some parts of the world its end is nowhere in sight, there are three important ways in which Islamic history can be said to have ended in the ‘1500 to present’ period. First, as will be seen in Chapters 6 and 7, those episodes of history that make up the historical repository common to all Muslims belong to the three periods already described. Second, in this period the history that concerns Islam and 35 The story In the 14th and 15th centuries, Sufi movements were active and influential amongst Turks in Anatolia and Azerbaijan (and in most other regions, for that matter).

A caravan consists of many camels (or other pack animals) led together by a group of travellers, which reflects one of the major differences between the Umayyads and the early Abbasids: the former created a somewhat exclusive, ‘Arab’ empire whereas the latter were consciously cosmopolitan and inclusive, empowering nonArabs (mainly those who were culturally Persian – appropriately, ‘caravan’ is a Persian word) and absorbing them into Islam. Caravans are also central to this period for plying the routes that linked the Abbasids’ sprawling provinces, transporting pilgrims, envoys, merchants, scholars, and soldiers across a road network 19 The story actions – to make a dramatic break with Umayyad injustices.

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