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The Muslim diaspora : a comprehensive reference to the spread of Islam in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas
Jenkins, Everett, 1953-
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volumes <1- > ; 26 cm
v. 1. 570-1500 --
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Central Library BP50 .J46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
Central Library BP50 .J46 1999 V. 2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
Frank E. Merriweather Library BP50 .J46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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This volume, the first of a series that chronicles the most significant events in the spread of Islam, covers the period from the birth of Muhammad in 570 C.E. to 1500, the beginning of the era which saw the spread of Islam to the Americas. Islam's domination of the region which has come to be known as the Middle East is examined - from the conquests of the Persian and Byzantine empires, to the march across the deserts of North Africa. The subjugation of the Iberian Peninsula, the occupation of Sicily, and the establishment of a Muslim presence in the Balkans are covered. Also documented is the rise of Islam in India, China and Indonesia (the most populous Islamic country in the world).

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Booklist Review

Chronologies and time lines can be very illustrative. They highlight important events and often place them in the context of events occurring simultaneously elsewhere in the world. "This book chronicles the story of the Muslim diaspora from the birth of Muhammad in 570 of the Christian calendar to 1500." The year according to the Christian calendar is listed along with the year according to the Islamic calendar, allowing users to check events in the history of Islam according to either. Events are listed for each year, with very few exceptions, and are often divided into geographic regions (e.g., Asia, Africa). The attempt here is "to concentrate on the spread of Islam throughout the world and the influence of Islam on the world as opposed to simply concentrating on major rulers and major battles." In addition to events in the history of Islam, related historical events are often listed for a year, demonstrating that "Islam is an integral contributor to the development of Judaism and Christianity, and of so-called `Western' civilization in general." The work contains several appendixes, including Muslim holidays and listings of Caliphs, Imams, and other rulers throughout Muslim history. A detailed index and a bibliography conclude the volume. Although potentially a great source of information, this work falls rather flat. Events surely occurred every year in the history of Islam from the birth of the Prophet onward, but that doesn't mean that something must be mentioned simply because it happened. For example, the events listed for the year 814 include mention of a revolution in Basra. Was this an important event in this history of Islam? Who was involved and why? On the other hand, events important to the history of Islam receive scant coverage. The years 631 and 632 contain little information about Abu Bakr, one of the Prophet's first supporters and his successor in the new community. This same criticism applies to the related historical events. The book reports that Franciscans established their first monastery in Jerusalem in 1335. Is this an important event in the context of the history of Islam? If so, what is the relationship? Granted, this work is a chronology and not a narrative history, but its usefulness is determined by the detail and quality of the information it contains. Finally, the supplemental bibliography fails to include Brill's three-volume Encyclopaedia of Islam (rev. ed., Leiden, 1954^-1971). Though a densely academic source, it is the most comprehensive scholarly reference work on Islam. A more useful chronology is the second, revised edition of H. U. Rahman's A Chronology of Islamic History: 570^-1000 CE (Ta-Ha, 1995). Like Jenkins, Rahman provides year-by-year accounting of important events in Islamic history. His range of years is shorter, and he is more selective of events to include. Interestingly, neither edition of Rahman appears in Jenkins' supplemental bibliography. Jenkins is true to his word in not restricting his entries to important rulers and battles. Yet, cursory mention of other events is hardly helpful. A chronology of Islamic history that demonstrated the interaction of Islam with Christianity and Judaism would be very valuable, but Jenkins fails to make those connections. Libraries with strong collections in Islam may choose to acquire this title; others will find it of marginal use.

Library Journal Review

There are few, if any, chronologies of the Islamic world that cover a time span as broad as this one. Attorney and author Jenkins (Pan-African Chronology: A Comprehensive Reference to the Black Quest for Freedom in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia) organizes his chronology by year, arranging each of the major events in the Muslim world geographically and by their relationship to additional historical events. Many of the entries on people and events are long enough to be articles. There are also appendixes on the five pillars of Islam, Arab names, the Islamic calendar, and various leaders and dynasties. Useful as this work may appear, the works cited in the bibliography are of varying quality and no key is given in the chronology as to the source of the entries. There is no reference to either The Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill Academic) or the Encyclopaedia Iranica (Bibliotheca Persica,), two of the most authoritative reference resources on Islam and the Muslim world, as sources for the work. Several entries are puzzling, such as the inclusion of items regarding Ludovico Sforza ("il Moro"). While Sforza was dark complexionedDhence his nicknameDany relation to the Islamic diaspora is probably farfetched. This is still a potentially useful initial resource for general chronology. Recommended for college and public libraries provided they also have additional reference resources on the Muslim world.DWilliam P. Collins, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Muslim Chronologyp. 5
Epiloguep. 347
A. The Five Pillars of Islamp. 349
B. Arabic Namesp. 350
C. The Islamic Calendarp. 350
D. Caliphsp. 351
E. Muslim Religious Movements, Sects, and Schoolsp. 352
F. Shi'a Imamsp. 353
G. Muslim Regimes of the Middle Eastp. 353
H. Rulers of Muslim Spainp. 354
I. Rulers of the Ottoman Empirep. 355
J. Muslim Indiap. 356
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 363

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