Encyclopaedia Islamica

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The Islamic faith spread at a far greater speed than could ever have been anticipated, over an expanse of land stretching from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean across North Africa and the Iranian plateau to the threshold of China and India. This phenomenon resulted in the birth of a civilisation which encompassed a considerable portion of the creative and intellectual achievements of the human race to date. The extraordinary impact of Islam derived from a remarkable capacity to assimilate and fur…

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“Introduction”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0001>
First published online: 2015

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