Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History

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  • Copyright: 10/22/2012
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Ira Lapidus's global history of Islamic societies, first published in 1988, has become a classic in the field. This book, Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century, which is based on parts one and two of Lapidus's monumental study, revised and updated, describes the transformations of Islamic societies from their beginning in the seventh century through their diffusion across the world into the nineteenth century. The story focuses on the organization of primary communities, religious groups and states and shows how they were transformed by their interactions with other societies and religions into a varied and interconnected family of societies. The book concludes with the beginning of European commercial and imperial domination that initiated a new set of transformations in the Islamic world and the onset of the modern era. This book is a unique endeavor; its breadth, clarity, style and thoughtful exposition will ensure its place in the classroom and beyond.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the history of Islamic societies
The Beginnings of Islamic Civilizations, The Middle East from c.600 to c.1000
Middle Eastern societies before Islam
Historians and the sources
Muhammad: preaching, community, and state formation
The Arab-Muslim conquests and the socio-economic bases of empire
Regional developments: economic and social changes
The caliphate to 750
The 'Abbasid empire
Decline and fall of the 'Abbasid empire
Introduction: religion and identity
The ideology of imperial Islam
The 'Abbasids: caliphs and emperors
Sunni Islam
Shi'i Islam
Muslim urban societies to the tenth century
The non-Muslim minorities
Continuity and change in the historic cultures of the Middle East
From Islamic Community to Islamic Society: Egypt, Iraq and Iran, 945c.1500
The post-'Abbasid Middle Eastern state system
Muslim communities and Middle Eastern societies: 10001500 CE
The collective ideal
The personal ethic
Conclusion: Middle Eastern Islamic patterns
The Global Expansion of Islam from the Seventh to the Nineteenth Century
Introduction: Islamic institutions
Islamic north Africa to the thirteenth century
Spanish-Islamic civilization
Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries
States and Islam: North African variations
Introduction: empires and societies
The Turkish migrations and the Ottoman empire
The post-classical Ottoman empire: decentralization, commercialization, incorporation
The Arab regions of the Middle East
The Safavid empire
The Indian subcontinent: the Delhi sultanates and the Mughal empire
Islamic empires compared
Inner Asia from the Mongol conquests to the nineteenth century
Islamic societies in Southeast Asia
The African context: Islam, slavery, and colonialism
Islam in Sudanic, Savannah, and forest west Africa
The West African jihads
Islam in East Africa and the European colonial empires
Conclusion: the varieties of Islamic societies
The global context
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