Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power
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Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power

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In its first thousand years -- from the revelations to Muhammad in the seventh century to the great Islamic empires of the sixteenth -- Islamic civilization flourished. While Europeans suffered through the Dark Ages, Muslims in such cities as Jerusalem, Damascus, Alexandria, Fez, Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad made remarkable advances in philosophy, science, medicine, literatur...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 11th 2002 by Yale University Press (first published September 8th 2000)
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As per the subtitle, Islam covers roughly the first thousand years of Islamic history, from the age of Muhammad to the pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire. Although the authors state from the beginning that this is not intended to be a scholarly work, the content rides the line nicely between academic merit and accessibility. A reader looking for a more in-depth or rigorous study will be disappointed, as might anyone already possessed of a general background in Middle Eastern Studies. For someone new...more
Mustafa Afridi
A clear and concise overview of the first thousand years of Islamic civilization.
Omar S.
The authors make a very dumb and irresponsible mistake by claiming that Abu Baker Al-Seddiq (radiya Allahu 3anhu) was the Prophet(pbuh) cousin.

So I'm not sure, after this really simple mistake, how can I trust them with the more complex details of Islamic history.
A good introduction to the tale of the Islamic empire. Not entirely impersonal for an academic work. Interesting to read, objective and well researched.
Buena introducción a la historia de la civilización musulmana. Ideal para romper con los estereotipos y aprender más acerca de una cultura poco conocida.
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