A History of the Muslim World: From Its Origins to the Dawn of Modernity (Hardback)
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A History of the Muslim World: From Its Origins to the Dawn of Modernity (Hardback)

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Hardback 960 Pages
Published: 07/05/2024
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A panoramic history of the Muslim world from the age of the Prophet Muḥammad to the birth of the modern era

This book describes and explains the major events, personalities, conflicts, and convergences that have shaped the history of the Muslim world. The body of the book takes readers from the origins of Islam to the eve of the nineteenth century, and an epilogue continues the story to the present day. Michael Cook thus provides a broad history of a civilization remarkable for both its unity and diversity.

After setting the scene in the Middle East of late antiquity, the book depicts the rise of Islam as one of the great black swan events of history. It continues with the spectacular rise of the Caliphate, an empire that by the time it broke up had nurtured the formation of a new civilization. It then goes on to cover the diverse histories of all the major regions of the Muslim world, providing a wide-ranging account of the key military, political, and cultural developments that accompanied the eastward and westward spread of Islam from the Middle East to the shores of the Atlantic and the Pacific.

At the same time, A History of the Muslim World contains numerous primary-source quotations that expose the reader to a variety of acutely insightful voices from the Muslim past.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691236575
Number of pages: 960
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"A timely, wide-ranging examination of the Muslim world. . . . Cook’s study sheds crucial light on Islamic development across borders and centuries." - Kirkus Reviews

"Cook tours the globe, bringing cultures and customs to life in evocative detail. . . . An accessible history of the Muslim world." - Publishers Weekly

"Glorious. . . . Necessarily a dense work, it is also delightful in its sheer scope and variety. This is especially true in a writer as witty as Cook, who sustains a breezy, Socratic style throughout. . . . The payoff for writing a book this ambitious and successful is that, for anyone interested in the history of Islam, Cook is now a must-read."---Andrew Bernard, Washington Examiner

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