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A New Historical Introduction

Carole Hillenbrand


A prizewinning thematic history of Islam and the beliefs and practices of Muslims past and present, written by the most eminent historian of Islam today

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This invaluable book offers a profound understanding of the history of Muslims and their faith, from the life of Muhammad to the religion practised by 1.6 billion people around the world today.

Each of its eleven chapters explains a core aspect of the faith in historical perspective, allowing readers to gain a sensitive understanding of the essential tenets of the religion and of the many ways in which the present is shaped by the past. This is an ideal introductory text for courses in Middle Eastern studies, in religious studies, or on Islam and its history.

Winner of the 2016 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding

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'This book is well argued and well structured. It is balanced, judicious, and based on a wealth of erudition and astute observations'
Youssef Choueiri, University of Manchester

'I cannot remember the last time I so much enjoyed reading a text on Islam. It is extremely well researched and the flowing writing style makes you want to finish it in one sitting'
H.R.H. Wijdan (Ali Al-Hashemi, Ph.D, diplomat and founder of the Jordan National Gallery)

'What Carole Hillenbrand has achieved in her magnificent new book is breathtaking. The book is brilliantly organized and written with compelling clarity, which will make it the indispensable introduction to the subject for a long time to come'
Dr Richard Holloway, author of Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 23.2 x 16.3 cm

Extent: 314 pp

Publication date: 19 January 2015

ISBN: 9780500110270

Contents List

1 Introduction • 2 Muhammad • 3 The Qur’an • 4 Faith • 5 Law • 6 Diversity • 7 Thought • 8 Sufism • 9 Jihad • 10 Women • 11 Tomorrow

About the Author

In 2005, Carole Hillenbrand was the first non-Muslim to be awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, and in 2009 she received an OBE for Services to Higher Education. She is currently Professor Emerita in Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh and Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews. She is the author of the internationally successful The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives.

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