Friday, April 27, 2012

Prof seeks help

Can any reader help me find a good, accessible book that I can assign my students in next fall's iteration of the History of Islamic Civilization?  I am looking for a book that discusses some aspect of Islamic Civilization in the early modern period.  In the past I have used Juan Cole's Napoleon's Egypt and Daniel Goffmann's The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe; both worked reasonably well.  Good as it is, I don't want to use Ross Dunn on Ibn Battuta, I'd rather lecture on him. Davis' recent book on Leo Africanus is probably too literary for my students.  Any suggestions out there?


  1. Anonymous8:37 pm

    I am sure you know this one, but a great (albeit long) textbook covering Arabic history from the pre Hijra period to the twentieth century is Albert Hourani's A History of the Arab Peoples. It also covers the Ottoman empire in great depth.

    I also want to say what a fantastic site you have set up. The post on Rome c.600 was so atmospheric it sent chills down my spine. It reminded me of Angkor Wat or Leptis Magna.


    1. Compliment much appreciated. The Rome in 600 post, however, owes its power to a blog written by "Dr Beachcombing." I will check but there should be a link to Dr B's original.

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