The Formation of Islam (Paperback)
Religion and Society in the Near East, 600 1800 (Themes in Islamic History #2)
Cambridge University Press, 9780521588133, 301pp.
Publication Date: December 11, 2002
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Jonathan Berkey surveys the religious history of the peoples of the Near East from approximately 600 to 1800 c.e. After examining the religious scene in the Near East in late antiquity, he investigates Islam's first century, the "classical" period from the accession of the Abbasids to the rise of the Buyid amirs. He then traces the emergence of new forms of Islam in the middle period, deftly showing how Islam emerged slowly as part of a prolonged process.