Michael Cook on A History of the Muslim World

Rocking Our Priors | 29 May 2024 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Cook about his book A History of the Muslim World. Discusses whether religious authoritarianism weakened Islamic science; why there were so few peasant rebellions in the Middle East and North Africa; Ghazali’s theological importance; what determined the rate at which people converted to Islam; why there was so much religious syncretism and diversity in the Ottoman Empire; why the Muslim world fell behind economically; whether the Ottoman Empire banned the printing press; why South Asia the only place where Muslims ruled for hundreds of years yet remained a minority; whether colonialism triggered an Islamic backlash; and why Muslim countries often have weak state capacity.

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