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The crucible of Islam, G. W. Bowersock

Label
The crucible of Islam
Title
The crucible of Islam
Statement of responsibility
G. W. Bowersock
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Little is known about Arabia in the sixth century CE. Yet from this distant time and place emerged a faith and an empire that stretched from the Iberian peninsula to India. Today, Muslims account for nearly a quarter of the global population. G. W. Bowersock seeks to illuminate this most obscure and yet most dynamic period in the history of Islam--from the mid-sixth to mid-seventh century--exploring why arid Arabia proved to be such fertile ground for Muhammad's prophetic message, and why that message spread so quickly to the wider world. In Muhammad's time Arabia stood at the crossroads of great empires, a place where Christianity, Judaism, and local polytheistic traditions vied for adherents. Mecca, Muhammad's birthplace, belonged to the part of Arabia recently conquered by the Ethiopian Christian king Abraha. But Ethiopia lost western Arabia to Persia following Abraha's death, while the death of the Byzantine emperor in 602 further destabilized the region. Within this chaotic environment, where lands and populations were traded frequently among competing powers and belief systems, Muhammad began winning converts to his revelations. In a troubled age, his followers coalesced into a powerful force, conquering Palestine, Syria, and Egypt and laying the groundwork of the Umayyad Caliphate. The crucible of Islam remains an elusive vessel. Although we may never grasp it firmly, Bowersock offers the most detailed description of its contours and the most compelling explanation of how one of the world's great religions took shape.--
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MH/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bowersock, G. W.
Dewey number
297.09/021
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BP50
LC item number
.B69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Islam
  • Arabs
  • Islamic Empire
Label
The crucible of Islam, G. W. Bowersock
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Arabian kingdom of Abraha -- Arab paganism in late antiquity -- Late antique Mecca -- Ethiopia and Arabia -- The Persians in Jerusalem -- Muhammad and Medina -- Interregnum of the four caliphs -- A new dispensation -- The Dome of the Rock
Control code
ocn959648869
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9780674057760
Lccn
2016046008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40027000841
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)959648869
Label
The crucible of Islam, G. W. Bowersock
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Arabian kingdom of Abraha -- Arab paganism in late antiquity -- Late antique Mecca -- Ethiopia and Arabia -- The Persians in Jerusalem -- Muhammad and Medina -- Interregnum of the four caliphs -- A new dispensation -- The Dome of the Rock
Control code
ocn959648869
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9780674057760
Lccn
2016046008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40027000841
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)959648869

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