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Muslim Spain (711-1492)

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Source: bbc.co.uk

Islamic Spain was a multi-cultural mix of the people of three great monotheistic religions: Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

Although Christians and Jews lived under restrictions, for much of the time the three groups managed to get along together, and to some extent, to benefit from the presence of each other.

It brought a degree of civilisation to Europe that matched the heights of the Roman Empire and the Italian Renaissance.

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Book: Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation From The Past

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Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation From The Past covers the rise and fall of Islamic history from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the rise of modern nation states. Too often books on Islamic history only focus on the Middle East. This book covers all aspects of Islamic history, including Africa, Spain, India, China, Southeast Asia, and even American slavery! Inventions, scientists, and the history of Islamic studies is also highlighted. This book will be more than just a collection of facts and articles from the Lost Islamic History website; it will be a full and balanced history of the Muslim world.

The pre-order price is £12.99, and includes free shipping worldwide! It will be shipped out in May!

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Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France, to East Africa to South East Asia.

Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and theologians, not to mention rulers, statesmen and soldiers, have been occluded. This book rescues from oblivion and neglect some of these personalities and institutions while offering the reader a new narrative of this lost Islamic history. The Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans feature in the story, as do Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa and the Mughal Empire, along with the later European colonisation of Muslim lands and the development of modern nation-states in the Muslim world. Throughout, the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures, and cultural development is given due prominence, and the text is complemented by portraits of key personalities, inventions and little known historical nuggets. The history of Islam and of the world’s Muslims brings together diverse peoples, geographies, and states, all interwoven into one narrative that begins with Muhammad and continues to this day.


Firas Alkhateeb is an American researcher, writer and historian who specialises in the Islamic world. He completed his BA in history from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2010 and has since been teaching Islamic history at Universal School in Bridgeview, Illinois. He founded and writes the website Lost Islamic History.

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