Cover: Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period: An Essay in Quantitative History, from Harvard University PressCover: Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period in E-DITION

Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period

An Essay in Quantitative History

Available from De Gruyter »

Product Details


$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674732810

Publication Date: 12/03/1979

158 pages



Related Subjects

Harvard University Press has partnered with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all in-copyright HUP books that had become unavailable since their original publication. The 2,800 titles in the “e-ditions” program can be purchased individually as PDF eBooks or as hardcover reprint (“print-on-demand”) editions via the “Available from De Gruyter” link above. They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog. More about the E-ditions Program »

Here is a revision of the traditional view of the structure of medieval Islamic society, and an innovative analysis of patterns of religious conversion.

Richard Bulliet offers in this book a way to analyze the history of popular conversion to Islam, a conversion that changed world history by uniting the peoples of the Middle East in a new religion. He has found a quantitative method—based on naming patterns—for charting the general course of conversion. He uses this system to postulate a timetable of conversion for six areas with varying religions, languages, and social structures: Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, and Spain. The conversion schedules are then related to political and institutional history. For example, widening conversion is found to coincide with weakening of centralized government; and clashes can be seen between elements of the population that convert at different times. Thus the conversion patterns help unravel problems in the history of the Islamic world. This is an imaginative and provocative work of interpretation.

Recent News

From Our Blog

Cover: Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present, by Harold Bloom, from Harvard University Press

Remembering Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom, the literary critic who championed the Western canon, died at age 89 last month. Lindsay Waters, HUP Executive Editor for the Humanities, looks back on their publishing history, their friendship, and Bloom’s great contributions to the literary community

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library ( extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.