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Part I. The Near East before Islam: 1. Introduction 2. The religions of late antiquity 3. Arabia before Islam 4. The early seventh century Part II. The Emergence of Islam, 600-750: 5. Approaches and problems 6. The origins of the Muslim community 7. Early Islam in the Near East 8. The Umayyad period 9. The beginnings of sectarianism 10. The non-Muslims of early Islam 11. The 'Abbasid revolution Part III. The Consolidation of Islam, 750-1000: 12. Issues of Islamic identity 13. Religion and politics 14. Shi'ism 15. The formation of Sunni traditionalism 16. Asceticism and mysticism 17. The non-Muslim communities Part IV. Medieval Islam, 1000-1500: 18. The medieval Islamic Near East 19. A Sunni 'revival'? 20. Common patterns in social and political organization 21. Modes of justice 22. The transmission of religious knowledge 23. Sufism 24. Popular religion Epilogue: 25. From medieval to modern Islam.