Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages)

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Medieval Islamic Civilization examines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the seventh and sixteenth century. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, art history, history, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, theology, and more. This reference provides an exhaustive and vivid portrait of Islamic civilization including the many scientific, artistic, and religious developments as well as all aspects of daily life and culture.

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About the Author:

Professor Josef Meri is a specialist in the history of interfaith relations in the Middle East in past and present, Islamic history and civilization and the history of religions. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Goldziher Prize in Jewish-Muslim Relations by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in recognition of his teaching and research. He has travelled throughout the Middle East and Europe and has lived in the United Kingdom, Amman, Jerusalem, Damascus and Cairo.

He is presently a Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, USA.

Meri's notable publications include: (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations(2016), Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2004), The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). He is also the author of the forthcoming historical survey: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam.


'Offers overviews of a variety of humanistic topics... This comprehensive and necessary reference work in a growing discipline is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection supporting Islamic or medieval studies... Recommended.' -- Choice

'the book under review provides the reader with an admirable mosaic of knowledge about various aspects of medieval Islamic society and the interdisciplinary approach to the chosen subjects provides an excellent and inspiring starting point for further medieval studies, as well as a first-rate reference manual.' -- Oriental Archive

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