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The Islamic Middle East: An Historical Anthropology / Edition 2

The Islamic Middle East: An Historical Anthropology / Edition 2

by Charles Lindholm


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This is an account of the origins, nature, and evolution of Islam. It explores the cultures of the Middle East in which Islam originated fourteen centuries ago and of the Arab, Persian and Turkish societies where it remains a powerful force. The author describes the rise of Islam and the Muslim empires, and shows how the evolution of Islam led to the development of Sufism and Shiism [note: reverse the inverted comma]. He examines the achievements of Islamic learning and philosophy, and seeks to reconcile Middle Eastern attitudes attitudes towards slaves and women with Islamic affirmations of egalitarianism. This synthesis of historical and anthropological perspectives provides a new understanding of Islam and of the Middle East. It is illustrated with maps and lithographs, is fully referenced and indexed, and includes a glossary and a comparative time line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557864215
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/28/1996
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents




Part I: Introduction:.

1. The Middle East: Assumptions and Problems.

Part II: Preconditions for Egalitarian Individualism:.

2. Ways of Living.

3. Traditions of Authority and Freedom.

4. The Social Construction of Egalitarianism.

Part III: State and Society: Prophets, Caliphs, Sultans and Tyrants:.

5. The Prophetic Age.

6. Early Struggles for Authority.

7. Sacred and Secular Rulers.

8. Novelties and Continuities.

Part IV: Sacred Power: Reciters, Lawyers, Incarnations and Saints:.

9. The Essentials of Islam.

10. Recapturing the Sacred Past: The Power of Knowledge.

11. The Partisans of Ali.

12. Sufism in Practice.

13. The Contradictions of Saintly Authority.

Part V: Dilemmas of Subordination:.

14. Slaves, Eunuchs and Blacks.

15. The Ambiguities of Women.

16. Escapes from Distinction: Love and Friendship.

Part VI: Conclusion:.

17. Problems and Possibilities.

Chronology of Events.




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