A Thousand Years of Faith and Power
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Islam by Jonathan M. Bloom
Book DescriptionIn its first thousand years--from the revelations to Muhammad in the seventh century to the great Islamic empires of the sixteenth--Islamic civilization flourished. While Europeans suffered through the Dark Ages, Muslims in such cities as Jerusalem, Damascus, Alexandria, Fez, Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad made remarkable advances in philosophy, science, medicine, literature, and art. This engrossing and accessible book explores the first millennium of Islamic culture, shattering stereotypes and enlightening readers about the events and achievements that have shaped contemporary Islamic civilization. Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair examine the rise of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the Islamic principles of faith. They describe the golden age of the Abbasids, the Mongol invasions, and the great Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires that emerged in their wake. Their narrative, complemented by excerpts of the Koran, poetry, biographies, inscriptions, travel guides, and even a thirteenth-century recipe, concludes with a brief epilogue that takes us to the twenty-first century. Colorfully illustrated, this book is a wonderful introduction to the rich history of a civilization that still radically affects the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300094220
(200mm x 126mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jonathan M. Bloom
God is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth, Hardback (November 2015)
"The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposia on Islamic art and culture"--Half title page.
God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty, Hardback (November 2013)
The Islamic world, spanning centuries and far-flung regions, is renowned for its diverse cultural and artistic traditions. This book delves into that vast creative output, examining a dozen exquisite objects in the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, designed by the Chinese-American architect I M Pei and opened in 2008.
Minaret, Hardback (July 2013)
Illustrates the history of iconic element of Islamic architecture. This title reveals that the Minaret, long understood to have been invented in the early years of Islam as the place from which the muezzin gives the call to prayer, was actually invented some two centuries later to be a visible symbol of Islam.
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Author Biography - Jonathan M. Bloom
Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair are the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. They have written or contributed to many books on the history of Islamic art and architecture and recently served as principal consultants for Gardner Films' acclaimed PBS documentary, Islam: Empire of Faith, for which this book was the companion volume.
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