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Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0415966906
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'Offers overviews of a variety of humanistic topics... This comprehensive and necessary reference work in a growing discipline is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection supporting Islamic or medieval studies... Recommended.' -- Choice

'the book under review provides the reader with an admirable mosaic of knowledge about various aspects of medieval Islamic society and the interdisciplinary approach to the chosen subjects provides an excellent and inspiring starting point for further medieval studies, as well as a first-rate reference manual.' -- Oriental Archive

About the Author

Professor Josef Meri is a specialist in the history of interfaith relations in the Middle East in past and present, Islamic history and civilization and the history of religions. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Goldziher Prize in Jewish-Muslim Relations by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in recognition of his teaching and research. He has travelled throughout the Middle East and Europe and has lived in the United Kingdom, Amman, Jerusalem, Damascus and Cairo.

He is presently a Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, USA.

Meri's notable publications include: (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations(2016), Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2004), The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). He is also the author of the forthcoming historical survey: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam.
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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 878 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415966906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415966900
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,835,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very useful for drive-by research. Some stuff is just hard to figure out from more scholarly work, like what books looked like and what coins were called and whether people were drinking tea yet (this book says no). I went through this book a page at a time and waited for words and dates to jump out at me. If I were actually looking for a particular entry or definition, I don't know that this encyclopedia is more useful than Google, but for unguided browsing, it's been very useful. I did, however, note some geographical errors in the "Cairo" entry that contrasted with other entries in the encyclopedia; it would have taken a very careful editor (which I am) to catch those errors, but I do find myself wondering what other errors I may miss in my reading.
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