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The Sword of Islam

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The Sword of Islam by A. N. Wollaston. John Murray, 1905. Hdbk. Green cloth boards with gold lettering. Some foxing to endpapers and a few pages. Sixteen photographic illustrations, and a finely printed fold-in map at the end. Dedication in ink on front free endpaper from the author to “Superintendent A. Stone on his retirement September 1919”. 523 pp. Handsome edition.

Sir Arthur Woollaston was Registrar and Superintendent of Records at the Indian Office, and later Chairman of the Royal Asiatic Society’s Committee responsible for inaugurating and designing the same Society’s Triennial Gold Medal. This is intended to be a ‘popular’ history of Islam. It has been denigrated by many Islamic scholars because of its somewhat sceptical stance towards Muhammad. But Wollaston was a genuine Orientalist, and, judged by the standards of his time, not unsympathetic to Islam, if wary of its more militaristic tendencies (ironical in view of the British Empire’s own record in this respect). The book is as much a record of how some of the more enlightened civil servants of the Raj viewed the faith that governed the lives of so many of their subject peoples, as it is a work of genuine history; though the broad outlines seem pretty accurate on the whole. To quote the review which appeared in the Spectator in 1905: “The first half of the book gives the story of Mohammed’s life and teaching, the early history of Islam, and a sketch of the dynasties under which Islamic civilisation reached its highest development; the second half is devoted to a description of the more important tenets of the Mohammedan faith and the beliefs of the various Sects into which Islam is divided.” Very redolent of the age in which it first appeared, and a monument to the scholarly labours of all 19th century Orientalists, including the author himself. £100.00

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Author(s):
A. N. Wollaston
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
523
Publisher:
John Murray
Title:
The Sword of Islam

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The Sword of Islam by A. N. Wollaston. John Murray, 1905. Hdbk. Green cloth boards with gold lettering. Some foxing to endpapers and a few pages. Sixteen photographic illustrations, and a finely printed fold-in map at the end. Dedication in ink on front free endpaper from the author to “Superintendent A. Stone on his retirement September 1919”. 523 pp. Handsome edition.

Sir Arthur Woollaston was Registrar and Superintendent of Records at the Indian Office, and later Chairman of the Royal Asiatic Society’s Committee responsible for inaugurating and designing the same Society’s Triennial Gold Medal. This is intended to be a ‘popular’ history of Islam. It has been denigrated by many Islamic scholars because of its somewhat sceptical stance towards Muhammad. But Wollaston was a genuine Orientalist, and, judged by the standards of his time, not unsympathetic to Islam, if wary of its more militaristic tendencies (ironical in view of the British Empire’s own record in this respect). The book is as much a record of how some of the more enlightened civil servants of the Raj viewed the faith that governed the lives of so many of their subject peoples, as it is a work of genuine history; though the broad outlines seem pretty accurate on the whole. To quote the review which appeared in the Spectator in 1905: “The first half of the book gives the story of Mohammed’s life and teaching, the early history of Islam, and a sketch of the dynasties under which Islamic civilisation reached its highest development; the second half is devoted to a description of the more important tenets of the Mohammedan faith and the beliefs of the various Sects into which Islam is divided.” Very redolent of the age in which it first appeared, and a monument to the scholarly labours of all 19th century Orientalists, including the author himself. £100.00

Author(s):
A. N. Wollaston
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
523
Publisher:
John Murray
Title:
The Sword of Islam

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