Historical Atlas of the Islamic World

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Rarely has Islamic culture been so at the forefront of popular consciousness in the Western world as it is today. At the same time, sadly, much of what the general public believe they know about Islam is incorrect, and is based on widespread myths or prejudices. The current interest in Islam would alone justify the publication of a book such as this. At the same time, however, the religion, culture, civilization, and arts of Islam are so rich and fascinating in their own right that they deserve to be better known.
Historical Atlas of the Islamic World focuses on Islamic history from before the time of the Prophet Mohammed until the start of the 16th century A.D. Through a lively text, specially created maps, and full-color photographs and illustrations, this book traces the fascinating rise of early Islamic civilization and its remarkably swift expansion to the edges of the Atlantic in the west and the Pacific Rim in the east. It also emphasizes Islam's vital role in the preservation, extension, and transfer of ancient classical sciences to late medieval and renaissance Europe.

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DR. DAVID NICOLLE was born in 1944 and lives in England. He worked for BBC Television News and the BBC Arabic Services and, after returning to university to obtain a Doctorate, he taught in a Jordanian university. Since returning from the Middle East Dr. Nicolle has written numerous books, both academic and for the general reader, on various aspects of Islamic and medieval history. He has also contributed articles to many academic journals and specialist encyclopedias, and has presented papers at various scientific or historical conferences. Meanwhile Dr. Nicolle continues his research into medieval Islamic military technology, a field in which he is respected as a leading expert.

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Grade 9 Up–This volume packs in a great deal of information not usually gathered in one place. Limited to the first millennium of Islamic history, the 12 chapters range from the culture of pre-Islamic Arabia and its contacts with its neighbors through the period of the early caliphs and on into the various ruling dynasties and peoples that marked Islam to the time of the European Renaissance. It examines such early dynasties as the Umayyads and the Abbasids as well as the successive medieval waves of non-Arab conquerors. Nicolle is careful to note the ways in which Islamic culture absorbed and modified features from its original neighbors–the Byzantines and the Sassanians–its conquerors, and the peoples it conquered, exposing Islam to Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and pagan influences. Substantial portions of the text deal also with the Muslims in Spain, India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Russia, as well as Muslim advances in geography, astronomy, and various arts. The photographs, though generally small, are colorful, inviting, and informative. The maps are beautiful, but cities and areas noted in the text are not always included on the accompanying map (and must be found on earlier or succeeding pages). Still, this title supplies a wealth of information in an attractive format.–Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX
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