Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global by Ira M. Lapidus

By Ira M. Lapidus

Ira Lapidus' international background of Islamic societies, first released in 1988, has turn into a vintage within the box. For over 20 years, it has enlightened scholars, students, and others with a thirst for wisdom approximately one of many world's nice civilizations. This publication is predicated on components one and of Lapidus' enormous A historical past of Islamic Societies, revised and up to date, describes the changes of Islamic societies from their starting within the 7th century, via their diffusion around the globe, into the demanding situations of the 19th century. the tale makes a speciality of the association of households and tribes, non secular teams and states, depicts them of their various and altering contexts, and exhibits how they have been remodeled by means of their interactions with different spiritual and political groups right into a different, international and interconnected kin of societies. The e-book concludes with the eu advertisement and imperial interventions that initiated a brand new set of modifications within the Islamic international, and the onset of the trendy period. equipped in narrative sections for the historical past of every significant sector, with leading edge, analytic precis introductions and conclusions, this booklet is a different undertaking. Its breadth, readability, sort, and considerate exposition will be sure its position within the school room and past as a consultant for the proficient reader.

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For example, people sometimes brought me jihād manuals or other publications such as recordings of lectures and militant songs, things they had bought at fairs or from militant organizations. Once, I received a pamphlet in the mail from a town near Peshawar. ” Many people risked social or state disapproval to show me the truth as they understood it. The ethnographic quotations in this book come from my transcripts of recorded interviews and from my own original field notes. To maintain the confidentiality of my interlocutors, I have identified people by a combination of fictive name and a general time frame for the interview.

A special regiment of the Pakistan Army called the “Mujahid Regiment” was established in the late 1980s. It recruits only Jammu and Kashmir state-subjects and is deployed only on the front line of the LoC. The AJK government has also developed an active civil defense program, which trains village-level militia to defend against external (Indian) invasion. Pakistan has always been sensitive about its international reputation on matters pertaining the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. For that reason, outright annexation was not a political option.

One 22 • I n t roduc t ion spring, I accompanied a family group of migratory goat headers (bakerwals) on the seasonal migration from a village near Rawalpindi to the high grazing grounds of Skardu, meeting other Kashmiri bakerwals along the route. I turned back as they embarked on the last leg of the journey, a dangerous stretch that passed within firing range of the LoC. As a female researcher, it was more appropriate and easier to travel in public spaces and to work with unrelated men when a male companion accompanied me.

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