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Themes in Islamic History : The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 Series Number 2 - Jonathan Porter Berkey

Themes in Islamic History

The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 Series Number 2

Hardcover Published: 23rd December 2002
ISBN: 9780521582148
Number Of Pages: 304

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Jonathan Berkey's book surveys the religious history of the peoples of the Near East from roughly 600 to 1800 CE. The opening chapter examines the religious scene in the Near East in late antiquity, and the religious traditions which preceded Islam. Subsequent chapters investigate Islam's first century and the beginnings of its own traditions, the 'classical' period from the accession of the Abbasids to the rise of the Buyid amirs, and thereafter the emergence of new forms of Islam in the middle period. Throughout, close attention is paid to the experiences of Jews and Christians, as well as Muslims. The book stresses that Islam did not appear all at once, but emerged slowly, as part of a prolonged process whereby it was differentiated from other religious traditions and, indeed, that much that we take as characteristic of Islam is in fact the product of the medieval period.

'No doubt, the study provides a scholarly treatment of the subject ... not only students and lay public would find it interesting and informative, more serious scholars of the subject would also find it worth-reading.' Islamic Studies 'The Formation of Islam makes a significant contribution to what it is hoped will become a prominent strand in Islamicate historiography ... the book lucidly charts the incremental formation of the Islamicate state-society complex ... an incisive and textured account of the ebb and flow of Islamicate civilisation.' The Muslim World Book Review '... a fascinating, complex and dynamic plot, that is both chronological and thematic. The narrative is packed with information and interpretations, sometimes conflicting interpretations that challenge the traditional story, or criticize the theory of a particular historical school. But, condensed as it is, Berkey enlivens it with anecdotes, verses of poetry, quotations of hadith or particular scences of medieval life.' Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

The Near East before Islam
Introduction
The religions of late antiquity
Arabia before Islam
The early seventh century
The Emergence of Islam, 600âÇô750
Approaches and problems
The origins of the Muslim community
Early Islam in the Near East
The Umayyad period
The beginnings of sectarianism
The non-Muslims of early Islam
The 'Abbasid revolution
The Consolidation of Islam, 750âÇô1000
Issues of Islamic identity
Religion and politics
Shi'ism
The formation of Sunni traditionalism
Asceticism and mysticism
The non-Muslim communities
Medieval Islam, 1000âÇô1500
The medieval Islamic Near East
A Sunni 'revival'?
Common patterns in social and political organization
Modes of justice
The transmission of religious knowledge
Sufism
Popular religion
From medieval to modern Islam
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521582148
ISBN-10: 0521582148
Series: Themes in Islamic History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd December 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.58