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The Crucible of Islam

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Author: G. W. BowersockBrand: Harvard University PressEdition: IllustratedFeatures: HARVARDBinding: HardcoverFormat: IllustratedNumber Of Pages: 192Release Date: 27-04-2017Details: Product Description 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,...

Author: G. W. Bowersock

Brand: Harvard University Press

Edition: Illustrated



Binding: Hardcover

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 192

Release Date: 27-04-2017

Details: Product Description 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." Review The Crucible of Islam is a remarkable work of scholarship.--Christopher Carroll "Wall Street Journal" (10/4/2017 12:00:00 AM) [An] inspiring and broad-sighted approach that Bowersock brings with this book to the lively field of Islamic origins.--Suleyman Dost "Speculum" (4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM) Bowersock paints a concise portrait of Islam's early formation and consolidation, focusing on the political, social, economic, and religious conditions of 6th- and 7th-century Arabia...Bowersock clearly and succinctly describes the stage upon which Islam emerged, and also dispels certain rumors, myths, and half-histories that have come to dominate popular notions of the period (and even persist in scholarship)...Given the historical and current relationships and tensions among various groups of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this brief and easily digestible introduction will interest and please a wide variety of readers.-- "Publishers Weekly" (2/20/2017 12:00:00 AM) Erudite and lucid...Bowersock's fluency with specialist literature and his ability to transform scattered research into a coherent narrative are admirable.--Chase Robinson "Times Literary Supplement" (10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM) This is an invaluable examination of the origins of a great religion.--G. M. Smith "Choice" (10/1/2017 12:00:00 AM) This work is highly recommended for those interested in the religious and political attitudes that gave rise to Islam.--Muhammed Hassanali "Booklist" (5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM) To write about the Arabian background of the Prophet Muhammad, about the origin of Islam in Mecca and Medina, and about the first conquests that led to the formation of the Arab empire (roughly between 560 and 690 AD) is to attempt to describe the first moments of a supernova--the flash of a stupendous detonation that marks the death of a massive star and the release of enormous amounts of energy. G.W. Bowersock has met this challenge in a little book of explosive originality and penetrating judgment...With The Crucible of Islam we reach the very center of this roiling world. We look into the depths of the crucible itself, to seize, in a true historical perspective, the 'molten ingredients' that came to form Islam. His book is an exercise in the art of historical truth. Bowersock is a classical scholar. He derives his skills from a tradition that reaches back to the Renaissance, to Erasmus and to Lorenzo Valla, wh

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