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The Rise of Islam (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World) Hardcover – May 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; annotated edition edition (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313325227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313325229
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[G]ordon introduces high-school and undergraduate students to the early history of Islam, from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to the collapse of the Islamic Empire in the early 10th century. In a mixture of narrative and analysis of particular topics, he emphasizes the social and political aspects, and generally refers readers to fuller accounts for the teachings and practice of Islam."

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"[A] strong addition to the series covering the birth of Islam in the 7th century and its expansion from the Arab world to the collapse of the Islamic empire in the early 10th century. The focus on how the new religion merged with social goals to become a worldwide influence is particularly intriguing."

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"The Rise of Islam</i> is a concise, edifying and entertaining monograph….[I] would recommend The Rise of Islam</i> to both those who have a casual interest in the development of Islam and also to students, who have begun studying Islamic history and want to read a work that presents the history in a flowing, colourful fashion."

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"This introductory and brief survey of the first few centuries of the Islamic era covers the spread of Muslim rule from Arabia to North Africa and Europe as well as its Eastern march towards Persia and Central Asia. The author has attempted to chronicle the religious and social life of the world's most vital and sustained culture."

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"Add this book to the list of good introductions to the origins of Islam for upper-level high school social science or first-year college humanities courses. What sets this text apart from many others is its focus on the socioeconomic, political, and cultural milieu in which a new religious movement was born and has thrived; its discussion of the origins of Islamic law, spirituality and theology, mysticism, philosophy, and culture; and an appendix of individual page-length biographies of important figures. Also included is a helpful glossary ofterms, a photo essay, selections from primary sources, and an annotated bibliography….Matthew S. Gordon's discussion of the sociocultural origins and authority of the Qur'an is very good. He also highlights an area of Islamic studies often ignored in general introduction, the role of urbanization in the development of Islamic civilization worldwide….[thhis is a very useful and informative general introduction."

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Tracks the spread of Islam from the life of the Prophet Muhammad during the 7th century to the collapse of the Islamic empire by the early 10th century.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By American Rumi on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The author provides an excellent introductory narrative to the early period of Islamic history. Utilizing the most recent scholarship in the area of Near Eastern Islamic history, he provides a good overview of the events that gave shape to the first two Islamic empires, the Ummayyads and the Abbassids. The editors of the series are to be applauded for their approach to the subject matter. The book focuses not only on the political actors, but also on significant personalities including scholars, women, and writers, and also includes relevant documents which gave rise to early Islamic thought.

A very good bibliography provides useful additional sources for more specific areas of reading and research.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Egizio on February 17, 2013
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This book was just what i needed for my class that required this it. thank you for this great book.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AH on April 14, 2010
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Prompt delivery and the book is in very good condition. Bought it used but looks new. Will definitely order from this seller again.
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