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Title The new Cambridge history of Islam. Volume 4, Islamic cultures and societies to the end of the eighteenth century / edited by Robert Irwin
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (921 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge histories online
Cambridge histories online
Contents Introduction / Robert Irwin -- RELIGION AND LAW -- Islam / Jonathan P. Berkey -- Sufism / Alexander Knysh -- Varieties of Islam / Farhad Daftary -- Islamic law: history and transformation / Wael B. Hallaq -- Conversion and the ahl al-dhimma / David J. Wasserstein -- Muslim societies and the natural world / Richard W. Bulliet -- SOCIETIES, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS -- Legitimacy and political organisation: caliphs, kings and regimes / Saïd Amir Arjomand -- The city and the nomad / Hugh Kennedy -- Rural life and economy until 1800 / Andrew M. Watson -- Demography and migration / Suraiya N. Faroqhi -- The mechanisms of commerce / Warren C. Schultz -- Women, gender and sexuality / Manuela Marín -- LITERATURE -- Arabic literature / Julia Bray -- Persian literature / Dick Davis -- Turkish literature / Çiǧdem Balim Harding -- Urdu literature / Shamsur Rahman Faruqi -- History writing / Li Guo -- Biographical literature / Michael Cooperson -- Muslim accounts of the dār al-ḥarb / Michael Bonner and Gottfried Hagen -- LEARNING, ARTS AND CULTURE -- Education / Francis Robinson -- Philosophy / Richard C. Taylor -- The sciences in Islamic societies (750-1800) / Sonja Brentjes and Robert G. Morrison -- Occult sciences and medicine / S. Nomanul Haq -- Literary and oral cultures / Jonathan Bloom -- Islamic art and architecture / Marcus Milwright -- Music / Amnon Shiloah -- Cookery / David Waines
Summary This volume traces the second great expansion of the Islamic world eastwards from the eleventh century to the eighteenth. As the faith crossed cultural boundaries, the trader and the mystic became as important as the soldier and the administrator. Distinctive Islamic idioms began to emerge from other great linguistic traditions apart from Arabic, especially in Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Swahili, Malay and Chinese. The Islamic world transformed and absorbed new influences. As the essays in this collection demonstrate, three major features distinguish the time and place from both earlier and modern experiences of Islam. Firstly, the steppe tribal peoples of central Asia had a decisive impact on the Islamic lands. Secondly, Islam expanded along the trade routes of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Thirdly, Islam interacted with Asian spirituality, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism and Shamanism. It was during this period that Islam became a truly world religion
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Islamic civilization.
Islamic civilization.
Regions & Countries - Asia & the Middle East.
History & Archaeology.
Middle East.
Islamic countries -- History
Islamic countries.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Irwin, Robert, 1946-
Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 9781139056144
Other Titles History of Islam
Islamic cultures and societies to the end of the eighteenth century