A History of Medieval Islam
This is an introduction to the history of the Muslim East from the rise of Islam to the Mongol conquests. It explains and indicates the main trends of Islamic historical evolution during the Middle Ages.
Paperback, 219 pages
Published October 15th 1978 by Routledge
(first published 1978)
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A history of Islam through the ascendancy of the Turks. It is heavy on the political, engaging religion mainly as ideas and sects encroach on politics. It is light on culture too, jamming it all into a last chapter and passing over Ibn Sina in two brief sentences. It was first written in the 60s and updated since then, it still has some politically incorrect howlers and is never afraid to dismiss rulers or movements as decadent. He is not very sympathetic to the Shi'a overall, though particular...more
Although the author tried to indicate the Islamic history with positive point, He failed with some points. The Author made his thoughts with christian terms which might change the whole truth. For example, he wrote that Mu'awiya was protected from congregation (Mostly defined as Christian citizens) and what is right that Muslims are 'Ummah'.