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The Venture of Islam, Vol 2: The Expansion of Islam in the Middle Periods (Venture of Islam #2)

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The Venture of Islam has been honored as a magisterial work of the mind since its publication in early 1975. In this three-volume study, illustrated with charts and maps, Hodgson traces and interprets the historical development of Islamic civilization from before the birth of Muhammad to the middle of the twentieth century. This work grew out of the famous course on Islami ...more
Paperback, 618 pages
Published February 15th 1977 by University Of Chicago Press (first published December 1st 1974)
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Zachary Moore
Jul 29, 2011 Zachary Moore rated it it was amazing
The second installment of Hodgson's trilogy is if anything even better than the first, giving the reader a bird's eye view of the socio-cultural context of late medieval Islam. As in the first volume, I particularly enjoyed Hodgson's treatment of religious developments and especially of sufism. I wish the author had been even more told than usual in questioning the traditional narrative of Islamic decline as the society that emerges from the pages of this work is revealed as one in the full prim ...more
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Feb 11, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up
Interesting, but it's so dry that it takes a lot of work to push through it. I read the first volume, but I just couldn't force my way through this one. These are full of information, but more than a little overwhelming. Too many names, places, and empires to keep track of. More maps, charts, etc. would really help the entire series.
Joseph Lumbard
Aug 24, 2012 Joseph Lumbard rated it it was amazing
The most comprehensive History of the Islamic World in the Medieval Period. Deals with dynastic, culture and intellectual developments. Well written and extremely erudite, it is a reference used by all specialists in the field. I am not as enamored of volume I as I am of this volume.
John
Jan 08, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
The Venture of Islam series is simply the best history of the the Islamic (and Islamicate!) world as a whole. Hodgson was such a visionary thinker, it is a shame he passed away so young!
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