Author: Asghar Ali Engineer
Publisher: Orient Longman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-86131-678-9
This book examines the social and economic forces operating in Mecca and Medina which generated the potential for the rise of the religion of Islam. It is the first socio-economic study of Islam to be undertaken by an Indian Muslim.
The author discusses the developments which took place after the death of the Prophet, on account of highly complex situation arising from the Muslim conquest of parts of the Byzantine and Sasanid empires. He also studies the socio-political factors behind the Shia-Sunni schism and various protest movements which resulted in the formation of the different Islamic sects.
In this new, revised edition of this well-documented book, the author concentrates on the factors in the society and economy of the time which shaped the early course of this important world religion.
The Scope and Purpose of the Study
Arabian Society Before Islam
Islam's Origin in Mecca
Islam and Medinese Developments
The Caliphate, Outward Expansion and Civil War