The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In

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Da Capo Press, 2007 - History - 421 pages
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Today's Arab world was created at breathtaking speed. In just over one hundred years following the death of Mohammed in 632, Arabs had subjugated a territory with an east-west expanse greater than the Roman Empire, and they did it in about one-half the time. By the mid-eighth century, Arab armies had conquered the thousand-year-old Persian Empire, reduced the Byzantine Empire to little more than a city-state based around Constantinople, and destroyed the Visigoth kingdom of Spain. The cultural and linguistic effects of this early Islamic expansion reverberate today. This is the first popular English-language account in many years of this astonishing remaking of the political and religious map of the world. Hugh Kennedy's sweeping narrative reveals how the Arab armies conquered almost everything in their path, and brings to light the unique characteristics of Islamic rule. One of the few academic historians with a genuine talent for story telling, Kennedy offers a compelling mix of larger-than-life characters, fierce battles, and the great clash of civilizations and religions.
 

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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

This book is a superb example of popular history that retains scholarly authenticity. Hugh Kennedy manages to not only write in an accessible, engaging style that is perfect for the layman, he also ... Read full review

THE GREAT ARAB CONQUESTS: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Talk about your clash of civilizations. How is it, wonders Kennedy (When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty, 2005, etc), that a comparative handful of desert ... Read full review

Contents

The Foundations of Conquest
33
The Conquest of Syria and Palestine
65
The Conquest of Iraq
97
The Conquest of Egypt
138
The Conquest of Iran
168
Into the Maghreb
199
Crossing the Oxus
224
The Road to Samarqand
254
Furthest East and Furthest West
295
The War at Sea
323
Voices of the Conquered
343
Conclusion
362
Notes
376
Bibliography
397
Index
408
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Hugh Kennedy has taught in the Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews since 1972. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000. Professor Kennedy lives in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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