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Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
From the time of its birth in Mecca in the 7th century C.E., Islam and the Islamic world rapidly expanded outward, extending to Spain and West Africa in the west, and to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent in the east. An examination of the daily life in these Islamic regions provides insight into a civilized, powerful, and economically stable culture, where large met ...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by Greenwood Press
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Majid Abdoh
I read it critically as a Muslim myself, seeing how this Islamic period is portrayed in Western literature.

The book puts forward a secular investigation on a society underpinned by a common faith. This secular view will never provide the full and accurate picture

Within this context, the author made very good observations and avoided making unsupported assumption.
The author also quoted (translated) Quranic verses where appropriate.
This book by James Lindsay effectively and informatively summarises daily life in the Medieval Islamic world. He begins by first explaining key topics of the Islamic culture and religion, such as a brief overview of the prophet Mohammed, his key battles, the different branches of Islam, etc. The book then moves on to more specific topics, such as life in the cities, etc.

The first chapter is very much an historiographical summary of Lindsay's sources. It is quite detailed, so if this kind of thin
May 20, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Daily Life" is a little more scholarly than I was hoping for, but that comes out sounding like a bad thing. Since my ulterior motive was research for my novel, I'd hoped for "daily living" gems that couldn't be found in other scholarly works. There are a few of those in this book - no tea! no coffee! - but I think I would've been better off reading this book earlier in my research rather than later.
Luanna Maliki
This book was an interesting read but I hadn't learned much. Everything written I already had some idea and I was hoping I would learn something entirely different. But if you are completely ignorant of this time period and of Arab culture, I strongly recommend you read. I couldn't help but notice a bias tone in the author's writing, disliked that greatly but it can be easily ignored.
Mark Blackham
Feb 26, 2012 Mark Blackham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denny writes a very thorough summary of Islam. Although often criticized as a non-Muslim writing on Islam, there can be little doubt about his comprehensive and refreshingly objective knowledge of the subject. It is probably one of the best resources for reaching western academics and students whose focus is on the Middle East. My only critique is the cost of the book.
A. Michael
Nov 19, 2014 A. Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I certainly had good details but I was hoping for more: bathing, taxes, education, etc. I had found out most details through my own amateurish research.
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