By Ira M. Lapidus

This new version of 1 of the main popular direction books on Islamic civilizations around the globe has been considerably revised to include the recent scholarship and insights of the final twenty-five years. Ira Lapidus' background explores the beginnings and differences of Islamic civilizations within the heart East and information Islam's all over the world diffusion. The background is split into 4 elements. half I is a finished account of pre-Islamic past due antiquity; the beginnings of Islam; the early Islamic empires; and Islamic non secular, inventive, felony and highbrow cultures. half II bargains with the development within the heart East of Islamic non secular groups and states to the 15th century. half III comprises the heritage to the 19th century of Islamic North Africa and Spain; the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires; and different Islamic societies in Asia and Africa. half IV debts for the influence of eu advertisement and imperial domination on Islamic societies and strains the improvement of the trendy nationwide nation approach and the simultaneous Islamic revival from the early 19th century to the present.

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