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15 - The centrality of Islamic civilization

from Part IV - Expanding religious systems

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 May 2015

Benjamin Z. Kedar
Affiliation:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
Affiliation:
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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Summary

The major civilizations of the Old World typically took shape many centuries before the beginning of this era. Islamic civilization stands apart from its peers by virtue of the fact that it emerged well over a millennium later. This chapter describes a survey of the territories that made up the domain of Islamic civilization, the Islamic world. Around the Indian Ocean, far more than in the Eurasian interior, the spread of Islam was linked to long-distance trade routes that had already developed centuries before the time of Muhammad. The Arabs of pre-Islamic times were not in fact confined to the peninsula; Arab nomads were already present in the Syrian desert, the Sinai peninsula, and the eastern desert of Egypt, thus foreshadowing the Islamic expansion. The chapter then discusses the components of Islamic civilization: Institutions and Culture.
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