Islam from the Prophet Muhammad to the Capture of Constantinople. TWO VOLUMES.

Lewis, Bernard (Editor & Translator).

Book ID: 23362


8vo. Volume I: Politics and War: xxxvii, 266 pp., / Volume II: Religion and Society: xxxix, 310 pp., [2 adverts], publisher’s original wrappers, half titles, glossary, biblio, index, previous owner’s small stamp on title pages, otherwise copy in very good condition, Harper & Row Publishers, New York, first edition, 1974.


The theme of the first volume is the history of Islam from the advent of the Prophet Muhammad to the capture of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed, the Conqueror. It is concerned with a period that extends from the beginning of the seventh century to 1453; with a region that expands from Western Arabia to embrace the Middle East and North Africa, as well as parts of Asia, of tropical Africa and Southern and Eastern Europe.
The second volume emphasises on religion and the structure of Islamic society. The editor draws on the entire literature of Islam including books on religion and sects, politics and economics, philosophy and science, travel, biography and literary works. Of particular importance are bureaucratic records from such disparate sources as the postal service and judiciary. [Back covers].

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