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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 development of Islam - its faith, community, institutions, sciences, and arts. Beginning in the pre-Islamic Arab world, the chapters include extensive overviews and perspectives from the story of Muhammad and his Companions, to the development of Islamic religion and culture and the empires that grew from it, to the influence that Islam has on today's world.

The content covers a wide array of subjects, casting light on topics such as the historical encounter of Islam and Christianity, the role of Islam in the Mughal and Ottoman empires, the growth of Islam in Southeast Asia, China, and Africa, the political, economic, and religious challenges of European imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Islamic communities in the modern Western world. In addition, the book offers articles on Islamic religion, art and architecture, and sciences as well as critical bibliographies.

Published by Oxford University Press, 1999.

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