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Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Mohammed M. Aman and others published The Oxford History of Islam; John L. Esposito, Ed. The Oxford History of Islam; John L. Esposito, Ed. Mohammed M. Aman Ph.D. Corresponding Author. University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee. The Oxford History of Islam. Edited by John L. Esposito. In this work sixteen leading scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, examine the origins and historical.
Great work. Mar 21, Elliott Bignell rated it really liked it This is probably the most thorough and comprehensive treatment of the history of Islam that I have so far encountered.
It covers areas about which I had previously not read at all, including the history and nature of Islam in West Africa and China and the reform and renewal efforts of Islamic thinkers and ideologues in the last two centuries. The interactions of Muslim immigrants with their host countries are also examined. The book is divided into a series of thematic sections written by specia This is probably the most thorough and comprehensive treatment of the history of Islam that I have so far encountered.
The book is divided into a series of thematic sections written by specialists, who seem to know their material and to take a neutral stance.
Unfortunately it is generally rather dry and as an Oxford history left me spluttering with outrage into my Earl Grey over its use of American "spelling". I am getting flecks of cucumber sandwich on the screen even as I type. The treatment of the origins, predisposing conditions and earliest history of Islam struck me as perhaps a little brief. It has long been my conviction that one can hardly understand Islam without reading the biography of Muhammad and understanding how that biography is framed in Muslim terms, as his life is both the source of the Hadith and the explicit examplar of the perfect Muslim life.
As this book attempts to synthesise a vast amount of material concerning more than half the world over odd years, there is only so much space that one can devote to any given period.
Still, I feel that this period is so key to understanding Islam, and so well documented, that it could have been given a deeper treatment.
This work exploded a few beliefs that I had managed to retain even after about 25 years of reading about Islam. Key among these was the position regarding representative art, which had been puzzling me for a while as I have seen artwork in other works which seems to conflict with this supposed proscription. In fact, as the book demonstrates, representative art was never actually forbidden in Islam.
Muhammad "cleansed" the Ka'aba of idols, and Muslims immediately adopted the convention of banning images from mosques as a possible focus of idolatry. However, the distaste for representation more generally developed over many centuries, and has never become universal. The treatment of Islamic science is illuminating and covers material of which I was also hitherto unaware.
Far from merely being transmitters of Greek and Hindu concepts of science, Mediaeval Islam engaged in a dynamic and active study of physics, medicine and philosophy and achieved many unique achievements of their own, not least the concepts of algebra. Their medical tradition was firmly Galenic and based on the now-discredited doctrine of the Four Humours, but they made concrete gains all the same.
Interest in astronomy was intense, as the fixing of astronomical events and the stellar orientation of the qibla is central to Islamic belief.
In later times, reformers have advanced the idea that secular science must be accepted and Qur'anic cosmology be viewed as allegorical, albeit against stiff resistance. The interesting question once again springs to mind as to why neither Islam, nor India, nor the Greek-speaking Byzantines reached the "critical mass" to initiate a scientific revolution, as arose in Europe. Islam and its relationships with other cultures are a subject of intense interest all over the world today.
Tens of millions of Muslims live as minorities in non-Islamic host cultures, and both sides are locked in debate as to how to deal with this. Islam and Christendom. Sultanates and Gunpowder Empires. Foundations for Renewal and Reform.
The Globalization of Islam. Contemporary Islam. Select Bibliography. Image Sources. The Eastward Journey of Muslim Kingship.
Central Asia and China. Islam in Africa to A past president of the Middle East Studies Association, he is the author of numerous books on the Muslim world, including Islam: Myth or Reality? He lives in Washington, D. The Oxford History of Islam Ed. Muhammad and the Caliphate.