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  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226346846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226346847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. S. Harte on 19 Oct. 2009
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Highly regarded since it was first published in 1975, the second of Hodgson's three volume 'Venture of Islam' series investigates the establishment of an international Islamic civilization during the Middle Period, from 945 to around 1500. Rejecting Eurocentric time frames and interpretations of 'the Islamicate', Hodgon demonstrates how Islam emerged to form a dominant common culture, across expanding ethnically diverse regions that were subject to political fragmentation and later the turmoil of the Mongol invasions.

This is probably the most accessible of the three volume series, notable for its extraordinary analysis and insights into the similarities, differences and relationship between the medieval Occident and the Islamicate in the same era. Hodgson's world history perspective is now firmly established in academia, avoiding inappropriate European concepts in its analysis, such as feudalism, as well as the presumption that European hegemony is the apotheosis of cultural evolution.
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Vol.2 of the finest English survey of Islamic civilization 31 Oct. 2001
By Tom L. Forest - Published on Amazon.com
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This review really applies to all three volumes. Hodgson's work is not for those new to Islamic studies, and his writing style is complex. Few are the sentences that lack at least one subjunctive clause. But his adoption of key Arabic terms in his narrative; his broad geographic sweep, from Andalusia and the Sahel through Nile and Oxus to India and Indonesia; and his comprehensive consideration of political, social, religious, cultural, and economic aspects of civilization make for a series as broad and deep as this student of history could want. It took me several years to read the whole set, as only recently did I have enough interest in the artistic and philisophic (falsafah) traditions.
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The best of Hodgson's 3 Volumes 11 Jun. 2002
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This book's chapters are dense. Of the three volumes of The Venture of Islam, however, it is the one that has held up the best under modern scholarship.
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A Classic of a Certain Type 26 May 2013
By hs history teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Clearly a work of great erudition. Should be read after volume 1 or you won't understand certain ideas. Caution: not solely a political/economic history. Much of text involves discussion of the maturing philosophical basis of Islam as a religion and way of life - heavy going.

Many many typos in the electronic version of this book - publisher should be very ashamed and embarrassed!!!
Five Stars 19 Feb. 2015
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page numbers 19 Jan. 2014
By S. J. Furger - Published on Amazon.com
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As a student, page numbers would be helpful. Seeing as there are page numbers in other electronic editions, I was disappointed there weren't any for Kindle.
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