This documentary history of Islam from the advent of the prophet Muhammed to the capture of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed, the Conqueror, is concerned with a period that extends from the 7th century to 1453; with a region that stretches from Western Arabia to embrace the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia, tropical Africa, and southern and eastern Europe; and with people and states, which, amid many diversities, share a common acceptance of the faith and law of Islam. Bernard Lewis, a widely-known authority on the Middle East, here translates from original sources and documents works that present the sweeping civilization of Islam in all its vastness and glory.
"Invaluable source of introductory primary source readings suitable for beginning students."--Judith Rood, Wayne State University "Offer[s] 167 translated sections from over 110 sources....All have been translated by Bernard Lewis, arguably the premier orientalist in the world today....A very useful set of books."--Teaching History "An excellent collection of sources in translation; 'must reading' for the beginner, as well as the specialist."--Avigdor Levy, Brandeis University "Supplies a vital part of world history long lacking in Western scholarship on this period."--Christian Science Monitor "A well-chosen, expertly translated selection of primary sources that reval nuances of the evolution of Islamic civilization that a secondary text cannot always convey."--Jane Hathaway, Ohio State University "Constitutes a very important collection of original texts...and [makes them] accessible in their English version to American students."--Andrew S. Ehrenkreutz, University of Michigan "A lively collection of primary sources."--William A. Graham, Harvard University
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 4th June 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.26