Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World[EPUB] ✺ Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World Author James E. Lindsay – Oaklandjobs.co.uk From the time of its birth in Mecca in the 7th century CE Islam and the Islamic world rapidly expanded outward extending to Spain and West Africa in the west and to Central Asia and the Indian Subcont From the time of its birth in Mecca in the eBook ¸ in the th century CE Islam and the Islamic world rapidly expanded outward extending to Spain and West Africa in the west and to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent in the east An examination of the daily life in these Islamic regions provides insight into a civilized Daily Life PDF/EPUB or powerful and economically stable culture where large metropolitan centers such as Damascus Baghdad and Cairo thrived in many areas including intellectual and scientific inuiry In contrast with medieval Europe there is little common knowledge in the West of the culture and history of this vibrant world as different from our own in terms of the political religious Life in the ePUB ☆ and social values it possessed as it is similar in terms of the underlying human situation that supports such values This book provides an intimate look into the daily life of the medieval Islamic world and is thus an invaluable resource for students and general readers alike interested in understanding this world so different and yet so Life in the Medieval Islamic PDF \ connected to our ownChapters include discussions of the major themes of medieval Islamic history; Arabia the world of Islamic origins; warfare and politics; the major cities of Damascus Baghdad and Cairo; religious rituals and worship; and a section on curious and entertaining information Author James E Lindsay further provides a focused look at the daily lives of urban Muslims during this time period and of their interactions with Jews Christians and other Muslims Timelines tables including a calendar conversion to align the Islamic lunar and the Christian solar dates and a dynastic table highlighting the major genealogies of the ancient ruling families a bibliography and a glossary of important dates and technical terms are Life in the Medieval Islamic PDF \ also provided to assist the reader. Re read the title because the next time you'll see anything resembling it is on page 88 Lindsay gives precious few details on actual day to day activities and he had 800 years spanning 3 continents to do it Factoids sparsed out Yemen the Arabia Felix or 'Happy Arabia' of classical geographers was exceptional in just about everything Unlike the Bedouin who lived in tents or the residents of the oasis settlements of Hadiz Yemen built dams in the valleys in order to catch annual monsoon rains produced an agricultural bounty simply impossible elsewhere in the peninsulaPaper production exploded the first paper mill in the Islamic world was established in Baghdad in 794 95 its many uses spread from Baghdad throughout the region and ultimately via Muslim Spain to EuropeMedieval Islamic rulers minted three types of coins a gold coin was called a dinar a silver coin was called a dirham and a base metal coin usually copper was generally called a falsSince at any given time one could find merchants from a host of Afro Eurasian cities in the markets of the medieval Islamic world one of the most important men in any market was the sayrafi usually translated as money changerBecause weighing individual coins was a rather tedious and time consuming affair it was standard practice for coins to be bought and sold in purses that were sealed by the government assaying office with the exact weight indicated on the outsideLike the sayrafi the muhtasib or market inspector was essential to the smooth functioning of markets that public morality in the very public space of the market was upheldThe diet of even the lowliest peasant in the medieval Islamic world was generally varied and uite healthy certainly far healthier than what most classes had access to in EuropeIn the countryside women generally ground the flour In the cities there were mills that ground flour for sale Some urban marriage contracts have survived that specify that the bride usually from a wealthy family was to be exempt from grinding flour Since only the wealthiest individuals could afford to have an oven built into their residences foods prepared at home had to be taken to a local bake house There were shops that sold breads pastries and sweetmeats as well as restaurants where one could purchase all sorts of prepared dishesAncient Greek Persian and Sanskrit works on philosophy medicine mathematics astronomy geography and other sciences were translated into Arabic between the 8th and 10th centuriesThe 9th century mathematician al Khwarazmi played a major role in the introduction of 'Hindu numerals' into the Islamic world This numbering system was later adopted and modified in the west in what are now known as 'Arabic numerals' Cheetahs were often used when hunting larger game such as gazelles antelopes deer wild donkeys and wild boarAs sharia developed the uranic punishment of lashing was changed to death by stoning a punishment that parallels the Biblical practice Daily Life is a little scholarly than I was hoping for but that comes out sounding like a bad thing Since my ulterior motive was research for my novel I'd hoped for daily living gems that couldn't be found in other scholarly works There are a few of those in this book no tea no coffee but I think I would've been better off reading this book earlier in my research rather than later This book was an interesting read but I hadn't learned much Everything written I already had some idea and I was hoping I would learn something entirely different But if you are completely ignorant of this time period and of Arab culture I strongly recommend you read I couldn't help but notice a slightly bias tone in the author's writing disliked that greatly but it can be easily ignored يصلح للقارئ الغربي بالنسبة لنا كعرب الكتاب عبارة عن معلومات بديهية If you are a person who loves history who always wants to learn about other religions this is the best book for you The book talks about than what the titles says It compares islam with other religions which gives you information not just about the Islamic medieval world but also about other religions in that time One of the best part about the book is that the author is not biased The author doesn’t states its opinion anywhere in the book The reason why it gets 4 star from me is because I love history and I am always eager to learn about different religions However if you aren't a history person and doesn’t enjoy learning about religions this is the last book you want to pick up That doesn’t mean you can't benefit from it It is very well written and information in the book is from very reliable sources If you are looking to learn about religions and old period this is the book to read قبل ان أتكلم عن الكتاب أود أن أوضح عدة أشياء أولا الكتاب موجه للجمعور الغربي وليس العربي لهذا لن تجد الكثير من المعلومات الجديدةثانيا الكاتب كان يدرس التاريخ حسب التفكير الناقد الغربي الذي كان يزعجني بشكل كبير فهم لا يعترفون ببعض المناهج الإسلامية في الإستدلال مثل السند بل يستندون إلى شيئين بشكل أساسي الأول هو الكتب القديمة ومشكلتها لديهم أن التاريخ الإسلام و الحديث النبوي بدأ تدوينه بعد موت النبي بأكثر من مئة سنة ونفس الشيء بالنسبة للأثارالهدف الأساسي الذي جعلني أود قراءة هذا الكتاب هو رغبتي في أمور تحدث كل يوم في حياتني لدرجة أننا اصبحنا لا نراها مثل نظام التسمية العربي ولكني لم أرفق لذلك فتقريبا لم أقرأ نصف صفحات الكتاب لعدم رؤيتي لمعلومة شيقة أو جديدة بل كنت أنزعج من بعض تحليلات الكاتب التي أيضا لم يوفق فيها وأنا أرى هذا طبيعي فالكاتب أتى من بيئة مختلفة إختلافا شديدا عن العالم الإسلامأكثر فصل إستمتعت بقراءته هو فصل يتحدث عن الحياة اليومية للإنسان العربي في العصور القديمة وحال المدن العظمى مثل بغداد و دمشق وهذا دفعني إلى ضع نجمتين بدل نجمة لهذا الشي its a decent read I wouldn't recommend it as your first entry to Islamic historyI've read multiple books from the Daily Life in History series this one is a bit different huge parts of the book are not about daily life they are just about Islam politics or beliefsyou will find many interesting info here there are some mistakes; but the Arabic version is better I think the translator did a really great job pointing out mistakesthere are some unnecessary in my opinion parts where the writer would compare the Islamic culture in the middle ages to the current American culture and it would have been interesting to compare it to other cultures at the timeall in all if you want 'extra' history this is a good book This book by James Lindsay effectively and informatively summarises daily life in the Medieval Islamic world He begins by first explaining key topics of the Islamic culture and religion such as a brief overview of the prophet Mohammed his key battles the different branches of Islam etc The book then moves on to specific topics such as life in the cities etcThe first chapter is very much an historiographical summary of Lindsay's sources It is uite detailed so if this kind of thing isn't really for you you may at first wonder what you have bought or whether or not the rest of the book is worth reading As soon as chapter 2 begins the book takes on a traditional History book feel I found it a very informative book and I think it would be very useful to Islamic History Beginners wanting a brief but detailed introduction to how the ancestors of present day Muslims lived I also think it would be a good tool for revision The reason I give it 3 stars and no is because I personally found Lindsay's style very hard going The History itself is very interesting and not at all hard to take in but for my taste the style leaves uite a lot to be desired يقدم أستاذ التاريخ ليندزي صورة عن الحياة اليومية في العالم الإسلامي خلال القرون الوسطى، ويقارن بين المجتمع الإسلامي وقتها والمجتمع الأمريكي الحديث، وهي مقارنة لم استسغها، وهناك تلك النظرة الإستعلائية من المؤلف كقوله عن كتَّاب السيرة أنهم ”ظلوا مدة طويلة يبحثون عن نسبه أي الرسول وسلالته التي تعود لإبراهيم عن طريق إسماعيل، لكي يظهروا أن محمدا لا يتحدر من عائلة شريفة فحسب، بل إنه يتحدر من سلالة نبوية كغيره من الأنبياء“ وغيرها كثيريعيب على الكاتب تقديمه معلومات مغلوطة ومشوهة في بعض الأحيان، لا تصدر عن خبير بالتاريخ الإسلامي، ولا سيما كشخص مسؤول عن تقديم صورة هذه المجتمعات للشعوب الغربية والمتحدثة بالإنكليزية، فائدة الكتاب للقارئ العربي بالخصوص هي وفرة المصادر التي يوفرها المؤلف، سواء كانت إسلامية وهي قليلة أو غربية I read it critically as a Muslim myself seeing how this Islamic period is portrayed in Western literatureThe book puts forward a secular investigation on a society underpinned by a common faith This secular view will never provide the full and accurate pictureWithin this context the author made very good observations and avoided making unsupported assumption The author also uoted translated uranic verses where appropriate

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  • Hardcover
  • 299 pages
  • Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World
  • James E. Lindsay
  • English
  • 28 April 2014
  • 9780313322709