The Oxford History of Islam, edited by John L. Esposito

If you're looking for a scholarly one-volume history of Islam that is comprehensive, richly illustrated and designed to be readable, this is one of the best. The writers--men and women, Christian and Muslim--are among the finest scholars in their fields and display an enviable ability to select out of a vast ocean of material those events, people and ideas that make a particular topic lucid and understandable, especially for readers new to the field. The lack of footnotes is designed to make the book more appealing to general readers, but students and scholars drawn to it by the quality and depth of its content will miss them. A select bibliography for each chapter is intended to provide resource material.


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