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- DescriptionPatricia Crone's book is about the Iranian response to the Muslim penetration of the Iranian countryside, the revolts subsequently triggered there and the religious communities that these revolts revealed. The book also describes a complex of religious ideas that, however varied in space and unstable over time, has demonstrated a remarkable persistence in Iran across a period of two millennia. The central thesis is that this complex of ideas has been endemic to the mountain population of Iran and occasionally become epidemic with major consequences for the country, most strikingly in the revolts examined here and in the rise of the Safavids who imposed Shi'ism on Iran. This learned and engaging book by one of the most influential scholars of early Islamic history casts entirely new light on the nature of religion in pre-Islamic Iran and on the persistence of Iranian religious beliefs both outside and inside Islam after the Arab conquest.
- Author BiographyPatricia Crone is Mellon Professor of Islamic History, School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. Her numerous publications include Slaves on Horses: The Evolution of the Islamic Polity (1980, 2003), God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam, coauthored with Martin Hinds (1986, 2003), Pre-Industrial Societies: Anatomy of the Pre-Modern World (1989, 2003) and God's Rule: Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought (2005).
- PrizesWinner of Albert Hourani Book Award 2013 and Middle East Studies Association Houshang Pourshariati Book Award in Iranian Studies 2013 and American Historical Association James Henry Breasted Prize 2013 and Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award 2013.
- Author(s)Patricia Crone
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication28/06/2012
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
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- Weight950 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine32 mm
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