By Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin's authoritative creation to the fourth quantity of the recent Cambridge heritage of Islam deals a wide ranging imaginative and prescient of Islamic tradition from its origins to round 1800. The introductory bankruptcy, which highlights key advancements and introduces a few of Islam's most famed protagonists, paves the best way for an awfully assorted choice of essays. the subjects handled comprise faith and legislations, conversion, Islam's courting with the flora and fauna, governance and politics, caliphs and kings, philosophy, technological know-how, medication, language, artwork, structure, literature, song or even cookery. What emerges from this wealthy assortment, written by way of a global group of specialists, is the variety and dynamism of the societies which created this flourishing civilization. quantity 4 of the hot Cambridge heritage of Islam serves as a thematic spouse to the 3 previous, politically orientated volumes, and in insurance extends around the pre-modern Islamic world.

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