The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World
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What is Islam? Why is it so influential and what are the roots of today's religious and political fundamentalism? The first part of this book forms a narrative overview of Islamic history, with the remaining chapters examining major themes such as the Islamic world's economic foundations and artistic expressions. The authors, all leading specialists on Islamic history, emphasize the interrelationship between the West and the Islamic world and the cultural debts they owe each other.