The Islamic World  book cover
1st Edition

The Islamic World

ISBN 9780415601917
Published September 19, 2010 by Routledge
704 Pages

SAVE ~ $12.59
was $62.95
USD $50.36

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The Islamic World is an outstanding guide to Islamic faith and culture in all its geographical and historical diversity. Written by a distinguished international team of scholars, it elucidates the history, philosophy and practice of one of the world's great religious traditions. Its grounding in contemporary scholarship makes it an ideal reference source for students and scholars alike.

Edited by Andrew Rippin, a leading scholar of Islam, the volume covers the political, geographical, religious, intellectual, cultural and social worlds of Islam, and offers insight into all aspects of Muslim life including the Qur’an and law, philosophy, science and technology, art, literature, and film and much else. It explores the concept of an ‘Islamic’ world: what makes it distinctive and how uniform is that distinctiveness across Muslim geographical regions and through history?

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Geo-political Islamic World  1. The Arab Middle East  2. West Africa  3. East Africa  4.Turkey  5. Iran  6. Central Asia  7. Southeast Asia  8. Europe  9.The Diaspora in the West  Part 2: The Religious Islamic World  10. The Qur’an  11. Muhammad  12. Sunni Law  13. Theology: Freewill and Predestination  14. Ritual Life  14. Sidebar Rites of Passage  15. Sufism  16. Shi’ism  17. The Iba’is  18. Relations with Other Religions  Part 3: The Intellectual Islamic World  19. The Arabic Language  20. Philosophy  21. The Scientific Tradition  22. Education  23. The Transmission of Knowledge  24.Travel BIOGRAPHIES:  25. Abd al-Jabbar  26. Niam al-Mulk  27. Al-Ghazali  28. Ibn Arabi  29. Ibn Taymiyya  30. Nair al-Din al-usi  31. Al-Suyui  32. Shah Wali Allah  33. Bediüzzaman Said Nursi  34. Sayyid Qub  35. Fazlur Rahman Part 4: The Cultural Islamic World  36. Art  37. Architecture  38. Material culture  39. Military Organization and Warfare  40. Popular Piety and Cultural Practices  41. Music  42.Cinema Part 5: Social Issues and the Islamic World  43. Civilization  44. Social Change  45. Secularism  46. Public Ethics  47. Marriage, Family, and Sexual Ethics  48. Women, Gender and Human Rights  49. Religious Minority Rights  49. sidebar International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (extracts)  Glossary.  Index.

View More



Andrew Rippin is Professor of Islamic History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria Canada, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His publications include Muslims: their religious beliefs and practices (third edition Routledge 2005) and The Qur’an and its interpretative tradition (2001).


'Unlike many other works that attempt to look at the Islamic world from one perspective, the essays in this volume by well-known scholars in their respective fields shed light on the Islamic world from several perspectives: geo-political, religious, intellectual, cultural and social...Despite the challenges of dealing with such a vast geographical region crossing linguistic, ethnic and cultural boundaries over 1400 years , the essays presented here maintain superb academic rigour, comprehensive coverage and authoritativeness while keeping the material accessible to the student of Islam...This is a brilliant work, presented within a multidisciplinary framework, that both scholars and students of Islam will find exciting and stimulating.'Abdullah Saeed, University of Melbourne, Australia