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History of Islam by Masudul Hasan: A Review

History of Islam is a comprehensive and detailed account of the Islamic civilization from its inception to the end of the classical period. The author, Masudul Hasan, is a renowned scholar and historian who has written several books on Islamic history, culture, and thought. He has revised and updated his original work, which was first published in 1987, to incorporate the latest research and findings on the subject.


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The book consists of two volumes, covering the period from 571 to 1258 C.E. The first volume deals with the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the early caliphates, the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties, the emergence of various sects and schools of thought, the cultural and intellectual achievements of the Muslims, and the interactions with other civilizations. The second volume covers the rise and fall of the Fatimid, Seljuk, Crusader, Mongol, and Mamluk powers, as well as the developments in Spain, North Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.

The book is based on primary and secondary sources, both classical and modern, and provides a balanced and objective perspective on the history of Islam. The author does not shy away from discussing the controversies and challenges that faced the Muslim community throughout its history, such as political conflicts, social problems, theological disputes, and external threats. He also highlights the diversity and richness of the Islamic heritage, as well as the contributions of Muslims to various fields of human endeavor.

The book is written in a clear and engaging style, with maps, charts, tables, illustrations, and photographs to enhance the understanding of the reader. It also includes a glossary of terms, a bibliography of references, an index of names and places, and a chronological table of events. The book is suitable for students, scholars, and general readers who are interested in learning more about the history of Islam.

The book is available in hardcover format from Adam Publishers, Islamic Publications, and other online and offline bookstores. It can also be accessed online from Google Books. However, there is no official PDF download available for this book. If you are looking for a PDF version of this book, you may have to resort to unofficial sources that may not be reliable or legal. Therefore, we recommend that you purchase or borrow a copy of this book from a reputable source instead.

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