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The World of Islam

Faith, People, Culture

Bernard Lewis

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A concise, illustrated history of Islam which considers all aspects of its remarkably rich civilisation


Lavishly illustrated with examples drawn from the extraordinarily rich and varied canon of of Islamic art, this authoritative and wide-ranging volume explores every aspect of Islam – its social life, trade, mysticism, literature, music, science and warfare – at a time when Western interest in the Islamic world is growing as never before.


'A magnificent repository of love and learning … approaching its subject with such generosity and proportion that one feels the whole of Islamic art and learning has to be encapsulated within its covers'
The Times

'Scholarly and densely informative, beautifully and generously illustrated, a valuable and accessible work of general reference'
Financial Times

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 30.0 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 360 pp

Illustrations: 490

Publication date: 21 April 1992

ISBN: 9780500276242

About the Author

Bernard Lewis is a British-American historian, public intellectual, and political commentator. Lewis' expertise is in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. He is also noted in academic circles for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire. n 1990, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected Lewis for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities.

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