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Islamic Societies to the 19th Century: A Global History

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Ira M. Lapidus

Paperback, 788 pages



This book, based on fully revised and updated parts one and two of this monumental work,describes the transformations of Islamic societies from their beginning in the seventh century, through their diffusion across the globe, into the challenges of the nineteenth century. The story focuses on the organization of families and tribes, religious groups and states, showing how they were transformed by their interactions with other religious and political communities. The book concludes with the European commercial and imperial interventions that initiated a new set of transformations in the Islamic world, and the onset of the modern era. Organized in narrative sections for the history of each major region, with innovative, analytic summary introductions and conclusions, this book is a unique endeavour.




Book I. Part I. The Beginnings of Islamic Civilizations, The Middle East from c.600 to c.1000:

1. Middle Eastern societies before Islam

2. Historians and the sources

3. Arabia

4. Muhammad: preaching, community, and state formation

5. Introduction

6. The Arab-Muslim conquests and the socio-economic bases of empire

7. Regional developments: economic and social changes

8. The caliphate to 750

9. The 'Abbasid empire

10. Decline and fall of the 'Abbasid empire

11. Introduction: religion and identity

12. The ideology of imperial Islam

13. The 'Abbasids: caliphs and emperors

14. Introduction

15. Sunni Islam

16. Shi'i Islam

17. Muslim urban societies to the tenth century

18. The non-Muslim minorities

19. Continuity and change in the historic cultures of the Middle East

Book I. Part II. From Islamic Community to Islamic Society: Egypt, Iraq and Iran, 945–c.1500:

20. The post-'Abbasid Middle Eastern state system

21. Muslim communities and Middle Eastern societies:

1000–1500 CE

22. The collective ideal

23. The personal ethic

24. Conclusion: Middle Eastern Islamic patterns


Book II. The Global Expansion of Islam from the Seventh to the Nineteenth Century:

25. Introduction: Islamic institutions

26. Islamic north Africa to the thirteenth century

27. Spanish-Islamic civilization

28. Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries

29. States and Islam: North African variations

30. Introduction: empires and societies

31. The Turkish migrations and the Ottoman empire

32. The post-classical Ottoman empire: decentralization, commercialization, incorporation

33. The Arab regions of the Middle East

34. The Safavid empire

35. The Indian subcontinent: the Delhi sultanates and the Mughal empire

36. Islamic empires compared

37. Inner Asia from the Mongol conquests to the nineteenth century

38. Islamic societies in Southeast Asia

39. The African context: Islam, slavery, and colonialism

40. Islam in Sudanic, Savannah, and forest west Africa

41. The West African jihads

42. Islam in East Africa and the European colonial empires

43. Conclusion: the varieties of Islamic societies

44. The global context.