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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Mr. Holland presents us with his take on the rise of Islam and an image of the world of the 500 - 600's CE that somehow mirrors some aspects of our own times. His writing style slips back and forth ... Read full review

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User Review  - Luftwaffe_Flak - LibraryThing

Very good look at not only the rise of Islam but also of the state of the Christian, Pagan, and Jewish religions at the time period and how they all intertwined and mingled with each other more than ... Read full review

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User Review  - 4bonasa - LibraryThing

In depth and well documented telling of the origins of the Religions of Abraham. However, the authors style is circumspect and at time difficult to preserver. This is not a book for someone who's memory of 'Ancient History' has faded. Nonetheless, worth the effort. Read full review

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User Review  - SChant - LibraryThing

Very enjoyable and lively journey through the clash of dying empires of Rome and Persia, and the rise of an Arab empire at an age when montheistic desert religions were codifying their belief systems and becoming entrenched in those empires. Read full review

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User Review  - Opinionated - LibraryThing

This history of the birth of Islam and the parallel decline of the Persian and Roman Empires is an ambitious project. Basically Holland is attempting to track monotheism from cult to the norm across ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrianHostad - LibraryThing

What should be an interesting read, was actually a very hard slog. Too many characters and a style which I found hard work. Read full review


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