Burlington, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013.
Octavo, xvi, 265 pages plus 4 maps.
Papered boards slightly rubbed; pages 27-30 a little cockled; overall an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly creased.
'Historians have long grappled with the question of how Islamic civilization - so clearly dominant during the medieval period - could fall completely under Western hegemony in the modern age? Many Western writers answer this question by referencing European ingenuity, initiative, and transformative energy in contrast with Islamic parochialism, passivity, and resistance to change. This book challenges such assumptions by studying the career of an aggressive sultan in early-modern Morocco, Mulay Ahmad al-Mansur (r. 1578-1603), who dared to take on the international super-powers of his day and sought to redraw the map of Islamic Africa.'.