Islam

Islam

A New Historical Introduction

  1. Carole Hillenbrand
  • ISBN 9780500110270
  • 23.20 x 16.30 cm
  • Paperback
  • 314pp
  • With 79 illustrations in colour, including 4 maps and 1 diagram
  • First published 2015

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 the 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.

‘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


Carole Hillenbrand is currently Professor Emerita in Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh and Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews. She has also taught at Dartmouth College and held fellowships at Saint Louis University. In 2005 she was the first non-Muslim to be awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, and in 2009 she received the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Higher Education.


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