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Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 (Jonathan P Berkey) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521582148
Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 (Jonathan P Berkey) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521582148
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Title: Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800

Author: Berkey, Jonathan P

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521582148

Volumes: 1; Pages: 312

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Jonathan Berkey surveys the religious history of the peoples of the Near East from approximately 600 to 1800 C.E. After examining the religious scene in the Near East in late antiquity, he investigates Islam's first century, the "classical" period from the accession of the Abbasids to the rise of the Buyid amirs. He then traces the emergence of new forms of Islam in the middle period, deftly showing how Islam emerged slowly as part of a prolonged process.

Contents

Part I. The Near East before Islam

1. Introduction

2. The religions of late antiquity

3. Arabia before Islam

4. The early seventh century

Part II. The Emergence of Islam, 600-750

5. Approaches and problems

6. The origins of the Muslim community

7. Early Islam in the Near East

8. The Umayyad period

9. The beginnings of sectarianism

10. The non-Muslims of early Islam

11. The 'Abbasid revolution

Part III. The Consolidation of Islam, 750-1000

12. Issues of Islamic identity

13. Religion and politics

14. Shi'ism

15. The formation of Sunni traditionalism

16. Asceticism and mysticism

17. The non-Muslim communities

Part IV. Medieval Islam, 1000-1500

18. The medieval Islamic Near East

19. A Sunni "revival"?

20. Common patterns in social and political organization

21. Modes of justice

22. The transmission of religious knowledge

23. Sufism

24. Popular religion

Epilogue

25. From medieval to modern Islam

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