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A History of Islamic Societies

by Ira M. Lapidus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 1000
Paperback
ISBN: 9780521779333






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Overview of A History of Islamic Societies

The civilizations and patterns of Muslim life throughout the world are traced from the formative eras through their significant development and ultimate transformation under the forces of technological change.

Synopsis of A History of Islamic Societies

Ira Lapidus' classic history of the origins and evolution of Muslim societies, revised and updated.

Library Journal

Respected scholar Lapidus here emphasizes what he argues to be the distinctive features of Islamic societiesthe developments of communal, religious, and political institutions. The book's first section deals with the Islamic transformation of traditional Middle Eastern societies; the second, the diffusion of Middle Eastern Islam to other regions; and the last, the disruptions of Muslim societies with the collapse of the Islamic empire and European domination. The book covers Africa and Central and Southern Asia as well as the Middle East. Recommended for all research and general library collections. J. Anthony Gardner, California State Univ., Northridge

About the Author, Ira M. Lapidus

Ira M. Lapidus was Professor of Islamic history at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Library Journal

Respected scholar Lapidus here emphasizes what he argues to be the distinctive features of Islamic societiesthe developments of communal, religious, and political institutions. The book's first section deals with the Islamic transformation of traditional Middle Eastern societies; the second, the diffusion of Middle Eastern Islam to other regions; and the last, the disruptions of Muslim societies with the collapse of the Islamic empire and European domination. The book covers Africa and Central and Southern Asia as well as the Middle East. Recommended for all research and general library collections. J. Anthony Gardner, California State Univ., Northridge

Booknews

Lapidus (emeritus, history, U. of California, Berkeley) has revised and expanded his highly regarded history of Islamic societies with extensive new material on the present-day fundamentalist revival. Other new additions include sections or chapters on the Caucasus, Central Asia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, women and gender, and global Islamic identity, including treatment of terrorism. In addition to these current issues, the origins of Islam from the time of Mohammad until the 13th century are discussed at length, making this a comprehensive reference and an excellent all-around resource. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

From the Publisher

"This book is a major undertaking and deserves to be saluted as an outstanding achievement. Professor Lapidus' A History of Islamic Societies belongs to a rare breed of works which appear only once every two decades." Third World Quarterly

"..this is a great deal more than a textbook. It is a product of learning, intellect and style of an extremely high order." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

"The value of A History of Islamic Societies lies in its sheer comprehensiveness. In one volume a vast amount of material is synthesized and presented in a clear and effective style. There is nothing else like it. For the first time the worldwide history of Islamic societies is made accessible to the interested reader." The Journal of Asian Studies

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