Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World” as Want to Read:
Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"Lindsay gives an excellent overview of the medieval Islamic world. Intended for an audience with little or no background on this topic, the book offers a thorough introduction to the beginnings of Islam, its history up to the year 1300, and material on a wide range of other topics, e.g., warfare, social practices, entertainment, and geography. . . . Numerous maps, photogr ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published June 30th 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Re-read the title, because the next time you'll see anything resembling it is on page 88 :) Lindsay gives precious few details on actual day-to-day activities ... and he had 800 years spanning 3 continents to do it.

Factoids sparsed out :

"Yemen - the Arabia Felix or 'Happy Arabia' of classical geographers - was exceptional in just about everything. Unlike the Bedouin who lived in tents or the residents of the oasis settlements of Hadiz... Yemen built dams in the valleys in or
Majid A.
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Rumiz  M
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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 slightly bias tone in the author's writing, disliked that greatly but it can be easily ignored.
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 rated it really liked it
"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.
Mark Blackham
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. Shumate
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nicholas Swails
rated it liked it
Jul 15, 2011
Tom Morgan
rated it really liked it
May 26, 2016
Annabel Fielding
rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2017
rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2013
Nadir Firat
rated it liked it
Jun 25, 2016
rated it liked it
Feb 13, 2015
rated it really liked it
Jan 21, 2013
rated it liked it
Apr 24, 2017
rated it liked it
Jun 04, 2017
Kamran Haris
rated it liked it
Aug 03, 2015
Jake Duffie
rated it liked it
Apr 14, 2012
rated it liked it
Nov 08, 2011
rated it it was amazing
Jul 24, 2013
Yvie Yao
rated it really liked it
Jan 27, 2015
rated it liked it
May 21, 2013
Jonathan Christensen
rated it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2016
Dan Hummel
rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2011
Amanda Dasaro
rated it liked it
Dec 25, 2016
Abeer Alsaqaf
rated it it was amazing
Nov 03, 2014
rated it it was ok
Jan 04, 2016
Asim Iftekhar
rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2016
rated it did not like it
Jan 03, 2016
Sean Greene
rated it really liked it
Feb 29, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book