Islamisation : comparative perspectives from history

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  • Creator edited by A.C.S. Peacock
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017] ©2017
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xiv, 530 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
  • ISBNs 9781474417136, 1474417132, 9781474417143, 1474417140, 1474417124, 9781474417129
  • OCLC ocn981708615


  • "The spread of Islam and the process of Islamisation (meaning both conversion to Islam and the adoption of Muslim culture) is explored in the 25 chapters of this volume. Taking a comparative perspective, both the historical trajectory of Islamisation and the methodological problems in its study are addressed, with coverage moving from Africa to China and from the 7th century to the start of the colonial period in 1800. The volume is divided into five sections on (i) theoretical approaches to Islamisation, (ii) the Arab lands and Africa, (iii) Andalus, Anatolia and the Balkans, (iv) Iran, Central Asia and India and (v) Southeast Asia and East Asia. It addresses key questions including what is meant by Islamisation? To what extent was the spread of Islam as a religion bound up with the spread of Muslim culture? To what extent are Islamisation and conversion parallel processes? How is Islamisation connected to Arabisation? What role do vernacular Muslim languages play in the promotion of Muslim culture? The broad, comparative perspective allows readers to develop a thorough understanding of the process of Islamisation over 11 centuries of its history."--Back cover.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • List of Figures and Tables -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on Contributors -- Chapter 1 Introduction: Comparative Perspectives on Islamisation -- Part I Conversion and Islamisation: Theoretical Approaches -- Chapter 2 Global Patterns of Ruler Conversion to Islam and the Logic of Empirical Religiosity -- Chapter 3 Conversion out of Personal Principle: ʿAli b. Rabban al-Tabari (d. c. 860) and ʿAbdallah al-Tarjuman (d. c. 1430), Two Converts from Christianity to Islam -- Chapter 4 The Conversion Curve Revisited -- Part II The Early Islamic and Medieval Middle East -- Chapter 5 What Did Conversion to Islam Mean in Seventh-Century Arabia? -- Chapter 6 Zoroastrian Fire Temples and the Islamisation of Sacred Space in Early Islamic Iran -- Chapter 7 'There Is No God But God': Islamisation and Religious Code-Switching, Eighth to Tenth Centuries -- Chapter 8 Islamisation in Medieval Anatolia -- Chapter 9 Islamisation in the Southern Levant after the End of Frankish Rule: Some General Considerations and a Short Case Study -- Part III The Muslim West -- Chapter 10 Conversion of the Berbers to Islam/Islamisation of the Berbers -- Chapter 11 The Islamisation of al-Andalus: Recent Studies and Debates -- Part IV Sub-Saharan Africa -- Chapter 12 The Oromo and the Historical Process of Islamisation in Ethiopia -- Chapter 13 The Archaeology of Islamisation in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Part V The Balkans -- Chapter 14 The Islamisation of Ottoman Bosnia: Myths and Matters -- Chapter 15 From Shahāda to 'Aqīda: Conversion to Islam, Catechisation and Sunnitisation in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Rumeli -- Part VI Central Asia -- Chapter 16 Islamisation on the Iranian Periphery: Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Badakhshan -- Chapter 17 Khwaja Ahmad Yasavi as an Islamising Saint: Rethinking the Role of Sufi s in the Islamisation of the Turks of Central Asia
  • Chapter 18 The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols -- Part VII South Asia -- Chapter 19 Reconsidering 'Conversion to Islam' in Indian History -- Chapter 20 Civilising the Savage: Myth, History and Persianisation in the Early Delhi Courts of South Asia -- Part VIII Southeast Asia and the Far East -- Chapter 21 China and the Rise of Islam on Java -- Chapter 22 The Story of Yusuf and Indonesia's Islamisation: A Work of Literature Plus -- Chapter 23 Persian Kings, Arab Conquerors and Malay Islam: Comparative Perspectives on the Place of Muslim Epics in the Islamisation of the Chams -- Chapter 24 Islamisation and Sinicisation: Inversions, Reversions and Alternate Versions of Islam in China -- Index
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