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Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities that Define a Civilization

Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities that Define a Civilization (Hardback)

By Marozzi, Justin

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Islamic civilisation was once the envy of the world. From a succession of glittering, cosmopolitan capitals, Islamic Empires lorded it over the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and swathes of the Indian Subcontinent, while Europe cowered feebly at the margins. For centurie... read full description below.

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Published 3 September 2019 by Penguin
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ISBN-13 9780241199046
ISBN-10 0241199042
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 3 September 2019
International Publication Date 29 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Marozzi, Justin
Category World History: C 500 To C 1500
World History: C 1500 To C 1750
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
World History: From C 1900 -
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Social & Cultural History
Islam
Urban Communities
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 42mm
Weight 741g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Islamic civilization, Islamic cities and towns - History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 909.09767
Catalogue Code 1001164

Description of this Book

Islamic civilisation was once the envy of the world. From a succession of glittering, cosmopolitan capitals, Islamic Empires lorded it over the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and swathes of the Indian Subcontinent, while Europe cowered feebly at the margins. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its cities unrivalled powerhouses of artistic grandeur, commercial power, spiritual sanctity and forward-looking thinking in which nothing was off limits. Islamic Empires is a history of this rich and diverse civilisation told through its greatest cities over the fifteen centuries of Islam, from its earliest beginnings in Mecca in the seventh century to the astonishing rise of Doha in the twenty-first. It dwells on the most remarkable dynasties ever to lead the Muslim world - the Abbasids of Baghdad, the Umayyads of Damascus and Cordoba, the Merinids of Fez, the Ottomans of Istanbul, the Mughals of India and the Safavids of Isfahan - and some of the most charismatic leaders in Muslim history, from Saladin in Cairo and mighty Tamerlane of Samarkand to the poet-prince Babur in his mountain kingdom of Kabul and the irrepressible Maktoum dynasty of Dubai. It focuses on these fifteen cities at some of the defining moments in Islamic history: from the Prophet Mohammed receiving his divine revelations in Mecca and the First Crusade of 1099 to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal creation of the merchant republic of Beirut in the nineteenth century. In this epic new history Justin Marozzi weaves a grand narrative of glory and destruction, providing a timely reminder of what made Islamic civilisation the greatest on earth.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The approach is perfect [and] the balance between telling detail and telling story is spot on. With its fine drawing and mass of minute detail, reading the book is more like poring over the framed miniatures in a manuscript: here a Moghul lolls by a pool, there a Timurid rampages across the page. The prose, too, is beautifully paced, sprightly but never tiring. And the city portraits build up into a panorama of Islamic civilisation as full as any history, and far more entertaining. * The Evening Standard * Marozzi is an outstanding guide to the urban centres he expounds on, partly because of his deep understanding and love for the peoples and places he writes about. . . . The succession of delightful pen portraits of rulers, as well as writers, artists and scholars, makes for a riveting read. This is a fine book that helps recentre our understanding of the past by focusing on cities about which little is known in Europe, in spite of their enduring importance and the role they have played in history. It is a compelling and personal account by an author who knows, cares and has thought deeply about his subject matter. It is a new Hudud al-Alam, the famous 10th-century Persian geography book, for the 21st century - informing, revealing and delighting in some of the parts of the world that everyone should know about. * The Sunday Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Justin Marozzi is a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society and a Senior Research Fellow at Buckingham University. A former Financial Times and Economist foreign correspondent, he has spent much of the past two decades living and working in the Middle East. His previous books include South from Barbary- Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan Sahara (2001), the bestselling Tamberlane- Sword of Islam (2004), The Man Who Invented History- Travels with Herodotus (2008) and Baghdad- City of Peace, City of Blood (2014), which won the Ondaatje Prize.

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