The Pursuit of Learning in the Islamic World, 610-2003

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McFarland, 16 באוק׳ 2006 - 235 עמודים
Islam scares the West. Militant conservatism and the horrific acts of violent fundamentalists evoke outrage, but the reprehensible few reinforce a longstanding Western stereotype of all Muslims as “incorrigibly fanatical, violent and morally and culturally different.” Overlooked is the long history of Muslim intellectual and cultural achievement, and its potential to flower once again. With about 1.5 billion adherents, Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion. An understanding of its past glories, present state and future potential has never been more critical. This survey of Muslim intellectual and cultural achievements spans 1,400 years. Chapters fall into three sections: fundamentals of Islamic learning; its growth until the present; and its future direction in the face of anti-intellectual fundamentalism. Arranged chronologically within the sections, chapters begin with an historical overview of the time period they encompass, providing context for the subsequent discussion of key intellectual and cultural achievements within that period. Appendices describe decorative and other arts, the requirements for expertise in Islamic thought, Islamic ethical traditions, and list noteworthy personalities and achievements chronologically. Maps and photographs illustrate the text, which also includes a glossary, notes, a bibliography and an index.
 

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Preface
1
Doctrines and Structure
11
The Quran
31
Islam Becomes the Dominant Faith of an Empire 632873
39
Population Movements and Islamic Cities 04453
77
The Age of Great Empires 453699
111
The Impact of the West 6992003
128
The Challenge of Fundamentalism
157
The Decorative and Other Arts of Islam
181
Expertise in Islamic Thought
193
Noteworthy Islamic Personalities and Cultural Achievements
199
Notes
205
Selected Bibliography
219
Index
227
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מידע על המחבר (2006)

Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies.

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