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Islam: A Short History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Demco Media
Publication date December 1, 2002
Binding Reinforced
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780606271936
ISBN-10 0606271937
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.64 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Business
Original list price $23.40
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In the public mind, Islam is a religion of extremes: it is the world's fastest growing faith; more than three-quarters of the world's refugees are Islamic; it has produced government by authoritarian monarchies in Saudi Arabia and ultra-republicans in Iran. Whether we are reading about civil war in Algeria or Afghanistan, the struggle for the soul of Turkey, or political turmoil in Pakistan or Malaysia, the Islamic context permeates all these situations. Yet who really understands the central tenets of this faith, or why so many people around the world have turned to 'fundamentalism'? Karen Armstrong's elegant and concise book traces how Islam grew from the other religions of the book, Judaism and Christianity; introduces us to the character of Muhammed; and demonstrates that for much of its history, the religion has been a force for enlightenment that promoted liberties for women and allowed the arts and sciences to flourish. "Islam" shows how this progressive legacy is today often set aside as the faith struggles to come to terms with the economic and political weakness of most of its believers and with the forces of modernity itself.

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (June 1, 2002)
9780786241873 | details & prices | 349 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $28.95
About: Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.
from Modern Library (August 1, 2000)
9780679640400 | details & prices | 222 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.
Paperback
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Rev upd su edition from Modern Library (August 1, 2002)
9780812966183 | details & prices | 230 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.
Miscellaneous
With Karen Armstrong | from Modern Library (December 18, 2007)
9780307431318 | details & prices | 272 pages | List price $15.95
Reinforced
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The price comparison is for this edition
With Karen Armstrong | from Demco Media (December 1, 2002)
9780606271936 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $23.40
About: Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.
Prebinding
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With Karen Armstrong | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (June 5, 2008)
9781435297081 | details & prices | 230 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $23.95
With Karen Armstrong | from Turtleback Books (August 1, 2002); titled "Islam:: A Short History"
9781417647903 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.66 lbs | List price $26.90
About: Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.

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