Britain in the Islamic World

Imperial and Post-Imperial Connections

  • Justin Quinn Olmstead

Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

About this book


This collection examines the role of Britain in the Islamic world. It offers insight into the social, political, diplomatic, and military issues that arose over the centuries of British involvement in the region, particularly focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. British involvement can be separated into three phases: Discovery, Colonization and Decolonization, and Post-Empire. Decisions made by individual traders and high governmental officials are examined to understand how Great Britain impacted the Islamic world through these periods and, conversely, how events in the Islamic world influenced British decisions within the empire, in protection of the empire, and in the wake of the empire. The essays consider early perceptions of Islam, the role of trade, British-Ottoman relations, and colonial rule and control through religion. They explore British influence in a number of countries, including Somalia, Egypt, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, the Gulf States, India, and beyond. The final part of the book addresses the lasting impact of British imperial rule in the Islamic world. 


Politics Diplomatic relations Military cooperation British Empire Imperial control Knowledge transfer Cultural exchange Colonization Ottoman Empire Decolonization Nineteenth century Twentieth century Islam Muslims North Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Justin Quinn Olmstead
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History and Geography, College of Liberal ArtsUniversity of Central OklahomaEdmondUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24508-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24509-2
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