Saturday 26 February 2011

The New Cambridge History of Islam 2011

Cambridge has just published the "The New Cambridge History of Islam" in six volumes.

The Telegraph (6 February 2011) carries a review by Noel Malcolm which describes the new edition as:

"...a work of breathtaking scholarship that does justice to one of the world's great religions"

He goes on to write that:

"I have spent nearly a month reading these volumes, and have learned a huge amount – not least, from the final volume, about the background to the various forms of present-day “political Islam”. And I finish reading them impressed by two things: the way in which Islam itself has held together as a religion, stretched across multiple states and cultures with no Pope or hierarchical Church to maintain it; and the way in which this team of scholars has condensed so much learning, with such clarity, into a mere 4,929 pages."

You can read the full review here.

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