Mohammedanism: An Historical Survey

Mohammedanism: An Historical Survey

Mohammedanism: An Historical Survey

Mohammedanism: An Historical Survey

Synopsis

Combining a scholar's command of fact with a narrator's ease of style, the noted scholar H. A. R. Gibb presents an historic survey of Islam, from the days of the prophet, through the religion's spread in Asia and Africa, to its confrontation with the modern world.

Excerpt

The original volume of Mohammedanism in this series was written by Professor D. S. Margoliouth, and published in 1911. After the lapse of thirty-five years, a restatement of the subject is called for rather than a re-edition of the original work.

Between one generation and the next, the bases of judgement necessarily suffer some change. They are modified firstly in the material or scientific sense, by the discovery of new facts and the increase of understanding which results from the broadening and deepening of research. If this were all, it might well be met by minor additions or alterations in the text. More important, however, is the change in the spiritual and imaginative sense. Every work of this kind reflects not only the factual knowledge but also the intellectual and emotional limitations of its period, even when every effort is made to eliminate prejudgement and prejudice. No generation in our changing world sees the problems of life, society, or belief in terms of the thought or values of the previous generation; and the gulf which separates the outlook of 1911 from the outlook of 1946 is one which has rarely been equalled in so short a space of human history.

Inevitably, then, such a book as this aims to be will be permeated by the intellectual modes and the unconscious prejudices of its age. But even these limitations may to some extent distinguish it (not necessarily to its advantage) from the generality of books published on its subject. Most writers approach the subject of Mohammedanism from one or other of two opposed points of view, neither of which is free from conscious prejudgement nor fully adjusted to the prevailing . . .

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