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Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Along with Roger Crowley, Tom Holland is my other current “go-to” ancient historian. I do think Holland's narrative skills are probably enhanced due to his previous experience as a novelist. In the ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Krishan - Goodreads

A fascinating and long-winded account of the religious and political background to the formation of Islam. Holland stretches out in these pages, giving endless political and theological detail to the ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Paul Pensom - Goodreads

I've read all of Tom Holland's books to date, but this one has proved the most controversial by far. It recounts the birth of the three great Abrahamic religions in late-antiquity, but predictably ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Martin Glen - Goodreads

Tom Holland does like big, juicy topics. And he is adept in painting a compelling picture of time and place, no doubt a skill honed in his fiction-writing days. This book is no different, tackling as ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Babak Fakhamzadeh - Goodreads

It's in Holland's first chapter where he sets the stage for the book. There are virtually no contemporary sources on the life of Muhammad, and the few that do exist only give the barest hint of the ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - DoctorM - Goodreads

I've given this 4 stars, but I wish my rating could've been a bit more nuanced. The writing is excellent, and there are parts of "In the Shadow of the Sword" that are fascinating--- Holland's account ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Very interesting history of the Islamic Empire. From the start of the hey-day of the Romans and Persians to the gradual infusion of the Muslims, this book asks the question, "how does religion effect ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Elgin - Goodreads

Not what I expected but I enjoyed it very much, even though, (because of work needs) it took me five weeks to get through it. I expected the book to focus on the history of Islam from its inception ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Fills in some important gaps and opens up a few more. Holland has two outstanding talents- his ability to present the past as a continuum with no beginning and no end is once more brought to the fore ... Read full review

Review: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

User Review  - Sven Nomadsson - Goodreads

The mists of history leave a lot of questions unanswered for those brave souls who seek the source where everything comes from. Humanity throughout its history has left bits of information scattered ... Read full review


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