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Islam, politics, economics, history of Islam


The study of Islam has been attracting greater interest in recent years, due to high-profile political and economic events. In addition, the rise of world history programs has generated a need for resources by which both students and faculty alike can strengthen their knowledge in this field. Still, general knowledge on the field is limited. This disparity has occurred, in part, because the field of Islamic history, especially in its formative and medieval periods, has been oriented toward specialists rather than a general audience. Often, world history sourcebooks are content to give only short selections from religious sources such as the Qur’an, the Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions (hadith), and perhaps a scattering of political or cultural documents. Moreover, these documents frequently lack adequate contextualization when they are included.