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eBook ↠ The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World ✓ eyltransferservices ´ ❰Download❯ ➽ The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World (Cambridge Illustrated Histories) Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk IslIs elegant book deliberately sets out to dismantle the Western impression of Islam as a monolithic world and replace it with a balanced view from current issues of fundamentalism to its dynamic culture and art Francis Robinson is the editor of two outstanding reference works Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500 Cambridge 1982 and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India 198 Any account of the history of the Islamic world written by a Westerner in modern times is bound to elicit contention It's a vast subject and no single book can succeed in representing it comprehensively; so an abridged history with the peculiar slants of authorship that inhere in any such attempt Nevertheless a good introduction to the subject for the general reader who likely is rather naïve about Islam and its history in various cultures and times

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Al fundamentalism they demonstrate the importance of commerce; literacy and learning; Islamic art; the effects of immigration exodus and conuest; and the roots of current crises in the Middle East Bosnia and the Gulf Throughout emphasis is placed on the interaction between Islam and the West from the first Latin translations of the uran to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie Th I am sorry to say that I wish I had never purchased this book or even read it To begin with it is illustrated with pornography one entire page of a half naked woman painted by a Frenchman and a cartoon of a man reading pornography Instead of providing actual uotes from authentic material with some important exceptions such as an excellent discussion of Sakhawi's biography of Umm Hani one of his female teachers the authors mostly rely on illustrations which fill the bulk of the book's pages if the illustrations were removed you would have half the book and not than a fifth of these are actually necessary Each chapter is hardly than an essay and a look into the Muslim world from the outside in through murky glass as best This oversimplified history of the Muslim world does not allow as much space for it's discussion of the life and call of Prophet Muhammad Sal Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam from his birth to the Hijra as it gave the pornography mentioned above The four schools of jurisprudence and their development is completed in one paragraph the Hanbali madhab is completely distorted as the author of the particular section does not distinguish between creed and jurisprudence not to mention completely ignores important works of 'Aeedah or creed or difference in which is a fundamental part of Islamic history Texts uoted such as hadiths are often translated inaccurately and the one illustrative example given of a hadeeth fails to include the chain of narrators Western scholars and modernists are cited as criticizing the authenticity of certain well known narrations seemingly accusing the Muslim scholarship of being lenient In reality the authors themselves cite hadiths throughout the book without mentioning their authenticity or even the book from which they are uoted while the Muslim scholars of hadith past and present are far critical than any modernist or western author Beyond a halfhearted attempt to summarize the scholarship of Ahl as Sunnah or the Islamic orthodoxy the book jumbles together Shi'a and Sufi misunderstandings and portrays the latter as being nearly mainstream and are represented even on the cover of the book No references as given whatsoever as the book carries on by means of footnotes or otherwise instead the book ends with an exhaustive bibliography of mainly recent western scholarship which would hardly further enlighten the reader Resultantly the authors portray their own effort as condescending and ethnocentric much than having any semblance of true research or scholarship

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World Cambridge Illustrated HistoriesIslamic peoples account for one fifth of the world's population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of what Islam really is Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this revealing the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture As well as taking on the issues uppermost in everyone's minds such as the role of religious and politic