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Lost Islamic History [Paperback]

Firas Alkhateeb
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27 Jun 2014 1849043973 978-1849043977
Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France, to East Africa to South East Asia. Yet many of the contributions of Muslim think¬ers, scientists, and theologians, not to men¬tion rulers, statesmen and soldiers, have been occluded. This book rescues from oblivion and neglect some of these personalities and insti¬tutions while offering the reader a new narra¬tive of this lost Islamic history. The Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans feature in the story, as do Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa and the Mughal Empire, along with the later European colonisation of Muslim lands and the development of modern nation-states in the Muslim world. Throughout, the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures, and cultural development is given due prominence, and the text is complemented by portraits of key personalities, inventions and little known historical nuggets. The history of Islam and of the world's Muslims brings together diverse peoples, geographies, and states, all interwoven into one narrative that begins with Muhammad and continues to this day.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co (Publishers)Ltd (27 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849043973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849043977
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Firas Alkhateeb is an American researcher, writer and historian who specialises in the Islamic world. He completed his BA in history from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2010 and has since been teaching Islamic history at Universal School in Bridgeview, Illinois. He is currently a student of traditional Islamic sciences. His first book is "Lost Islamic History", which covers the history of Muslim societies throughout the world in a concise and approachable fashion.

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About the Author

Firas Alkhateeb is an American researcher, writer and historian who specialises in the Islamic world. He completed his BA in history from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2010 and has since been teaching Islamic history at Universal School in Bridgeview, Illinois. He founded and writes the website Lost Islamic History.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Engaging Summary of 1400+ years of Islam 22 July 2014
By Mezba
Format:Paperback
I was looking forward to this book as I had been a fan of the Lost Islamic History web page for a long time, and it didn't disappoint. The author does a good job of summarizing the 1400 years of Islamic history into 250 or so pages. While enough details are there, it doesn't get bogged down in boring detail and is written in a very engaging and interesting style. I like the little snippets of information that are also included within the text, as well as the colour photographs in the middle of the book.
Most Islamic history books go into detail of the first 4 Caliphs, and then gloss over the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphs. They hardly mention the other muslim states that propped up later (it was a revelation to me to see that the Abbasid caliphate broke up and lost territory and how disunited the Muslim empire was around 950 AD). This book spends a fair amount of pages on the other Muslim states that many of us never heard about, such as Mali, the Indo-Pak subcontinent and muslim Mongols. To me, I would have liked a bit more details of the African Fatimid empire as well as the Delhi Sultanate before the Mughals.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested to learn more about Islamic history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, great topics & great writing style 26 July 2014
By Babs
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Very very good read, interesting topics covered & very well researched.
The style of writing makes it a very easy read, highly recommend to Muslims & non Muslims alike.
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Very well written and easy to read history of the caliphates and empires (Ummayyids, Abbasids, Ayyubis, Ottomons etc) that have come and gone since the death of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Detailed accounts of how the Islamic Empire both grew (as a result of their disdain for this worldly life) and how it fell (as their love of the worldly life overtook them). Highly recommended introductory book to Islamic History.
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