Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World

A Historical Encyclopedia

by Alexander Mikaberidze, Editor


In January 1902, Ibn Saud led a daring attack on Riyadh with just 40 men, successfully capturing his ancestral home city, inspiring many other Arab tribesmen, and setting a precedent by becoming the future king of Saudi Arabia. The events of Ibn Saud's remarkable life comprise only one of the many fascinating stories throughout Islamic history.

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July 2011


Pages 1042
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars

A reference work that thoroughly documents the extensive military history of the Islamic world between the 7th century and the present day.

Military-political conflict—and the resulting factionalism, shifts in leadership, and divergent belief systems—has been a constant and crucial part of the Islamic world. In order to fully grasp the cultural, social, or political aspects of Islam in the modern world, it is necessary to comprehend the rich tapestry of Islamic history from pre-Islamic times to the present, much of which involved armed conflict.

Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia provides hundreds of entries on wars, revolutions, sieges, institutions, leaders, armies, weapons, and other aspects of wars and military life, enabling readers to understand the complex role conflict has played in Islamic life throughout history and see how Islamic warfare has evolved over the centuries. This reference work covers not only the traditional Middle Eastern regions and countries but also provides relevant historical information regarding Islam in North Africa, Central Asia, Southeastern Asia, and Oceania.


  • Includes an introductory essay
  • Provides over 600 A–Z entries, many with accompanying images
  • Contains contributions by some of the leading scholars in the field of military history
  • Provides a convenient glossary of commonly used Islamic military terms intended for general readers


  • Presents the first encyclopedic coverage of the major conflicts that influenced the course of Islamic history and is accessible to the general reader
  • Covers the entire span of Islamic history and the geographically vast area from Morocco to Indonesia
  • Provides insights into Islamic history that are invaluable for anyone seeking a better understanding of the United States' modern-day conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq
Author Info

Alexander Mikaberidze is assistant professor of history at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, and an award-winning author of eight books. His published works include The Battle of the Berezina: Napoleon's Great Escape and The Russian Officer Corps in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815.



"The content of this reference work is outstanding."Reference Reviews

"This set will be valuable where current events and Islamic studies are major parts of the curriculum."School Library Journal

"Over the course of 625 individually signed entries, the editor makes good on the claim that this is an objective, historically accurate overview of approximately 250 conflicts that have shaped and influenced world history and politics. More importantly, the entries, which range from one paragraph to several pages, represent Islamic viewpoints, a component often missing in traditional Western military history accounts."Booklist

"With this survey, Mikaberidze (history, Louisiana State Univ.; The Battle of Borodino; The A to Z of Georgia) adds considerable depth to available resources about the Muslim world's military history. . . . Mikaberidze's work will provide high school and college-level researchers with generous measures of hard-to-find information on a (sadly) enduring theme"Library Journal

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