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A Short History of Islamic Thought
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A Short History of Islamic Thought (Hardback)

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A history of Islamic thought - from its foundation in the seventh century to the present day - in 250 pages from a brilliant historian of the Islamic world.

Day after day we read of the caliphate and the Qur'an, of Sunni and Shi'a, Salafis and Sufis, integration and isolation, radicals and refugees. Almost a quarter of the world's populate is Muslim. It is clear that understanding the modern world requires knowing something about Islam. But while much is said and written about Islam and the global trends and historic events connected to it, little attention is given to placing these phenomena within their greater historical, religious and intellectual context.

Tracing thirteen centuries of Islamic history - from the foundation of Islam in the seventh century and the life of Muhammad, through the Crusades in the Middle East and the growth of great empires, to the often fraught 21st century - A Short History of Islamic Thought considers questions of interpretation and legacy, of God and his relationship with his followers, of the lives of Muslims and how they relate to others. Through these questions, Fitzroy Morrissey presents not a monolithic creed, but a nuanced faith made up of four intellectual tendencies that share so much - and differ greatly.

A Short History of Islamic Thought is a concise and engaging volume that will appeal to non-Muslim readers looking to better understand the world's second largest religion, as well as Muslims seeking a background to the historical dimensions of their faith and those interested in the intellectual history of the last millennium and a half.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesNon-Western philosophyIslamic & Arabic philosophyReligion & BeliefsIslamIslamic theologyReligion & BeliefsIslamThe Koran Publisher: Head of Zeus Publication Date: 11/11/2021 ISBN-13: 9781789545654  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Fitzroy Morrissey is a historian of the Islamic world and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He speaks Arabic and Persian and has a DPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford, where he currently teaches on the Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Theology courses. He works mainly on the intellectual history of the Muslim world, focusing on Sufism, Islamic philosophy, Muslim views of other religions, and modern Islamic thought. He is the co-author of The Odyssey Guide to Iran (Odyssey, 2016) and has two specialist books on Sufi thought forthcoming.

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