Medieval Islamic Sectarianism (Past Imperfect) (Paperback)

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This book asks readers to re-examine their view of the Islamic world and the development of sectarianism in the Middle East by shining a light on the complexity and diversity of early Islamic society. The focus here is on the tenth century, a period in Middle Eastern history that has often been referred to as the "Shiʿi Century," when two Shiʿi dynasties rose to power: the Fatimids of North Africa and the Buyids of Iraq and Iran. Historians often call the period after the Shiʿi Century the "Sunni Revival" because that was when Sunni control was restored, but these terms present a misleading image of a unified medieval Islam that was predominately Sunni. While Sunni Islam eventually became politically and numerically dominant, Sunni and Shiʿi identities took centuries to develop as independent communities. When modern discussions of sectarianism in the Middle East reduce these identities to a 1400-year war between Sunnis and Shiʿis, we create a false narrative.

About the Author

Christine D. Baker ================== Christine D. Baker is an Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received both her PhD in Islamic history (2013) and her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies (2006) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781641890823
ISBN-10: 1641890827
Publisher: ARC Humanities Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2019
Pages: 120
Language: English
Series: Past Imperfect