9780521588133

The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600–1800

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521588133

  • ISBN10:

    0521588138

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-12-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

Jonathan Berkey's book surveys the religious history of the peoples of the Near East from roughly 600 to 1800 CE. The opening chapter examines the religious scene in the Near East in late antiquity, and the religious traditions which preceded Islam. Subsequent chapters investigate Islam's first century and the beginnings of its own traditions, the 'classical' period from the accession of the Abbasids to the rise of the Buyid amirs, and thereafter the emergence of new forms of Islam in the middle period. Throughout, close attention is paid to the experiences of Jews and Christians, as well as Muslims. The book stresses that Islam did not appear all at once, but emerged slowly, as part of a prolonged process whereby it was differentiated from other religious traditions and, indeed, that much that we take as characteristic of Islam is in fact the product of the medieval period.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Glossary xi
Maps
xvi
Part I The Near East before Islam 1(54)
Introduction
3(7)
The religions of late antiquity
10(29)
Arabia before Islam
39(11)
The early seventh century
50(5)
Part II The Emergence of Islam, 600-750 55(56)
Approaches and problems
57(4)
The origins of the Muslim community
61(9)
Early Islam in the Near East
70(6)
The Umayyad period
76(7)
The beginnings of sectarianism
83(8)
The non-Muslims of early Islam
91(11)
The cAbbasid revolution
102(9)
Part III The Consolidation of Islam, 750-1000 111(66)
Issues of Islamic identity
113(11)
Religion and politics
124(6)
Shicism
130(11)
The formation of Sunni traditionalism
141(11)
Asceticism and mysticism
152(7)
The non-Muslim communities
159(18)
Part IV Medieval Islam, 1000-1500 177(82)
The medieval Islamic Near East
179(5)
Characteristics of the medieval Islamic world
184(5)
A Sunni ``revival''?
189(14)
Common patterns in social and political organization
203(13)
Modes of justice
216(8)
The transmission of religious knowledge
224(7)
Sufism
231(17)
Popular religion
248(11)
Epilogue 259(11)
From medieval to modern Islam
261(9)
Suggested reading 270(6)
Index 276

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