The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates: The Islamic Near East from the Sixth to the Eleventh Century

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"The Prophet and the Age of Caliphates is an accessible guide to the history of the Near East from c.600-1050 A.D., the period in which Islamic society was formed. Beginning with the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, Kennedy goes on to explore the great Arab conquests of the seventh century and the golden age of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates when the world of Islam was politically and culturally far more developed than the West. A period of political fragmentation shattered this early unity, never to be recovered." "This book deals with issues of continuing and increasing relevance in the twenty-first century, when it is, perhaps, more important than ever to understand the early development of the Islamic world. General readers and scholars of early Islamic history will find Kennedy's book a clear, informative and readable introduction to the subject."--Page 4 de la couverture.

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All facts, taken from Islamic records. Non-biased view of the mauradic nature of Mohammed and his followers. Details the warring basis for the culture and religion, and why the conflict continues today. Kennedy does not malign Islam's leader, but the lifestyle that his own followers embraced does subdue any notion that this was a peace-loving man or religion. 

About the author (2004)

Hugh Kennedy is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St Andrews.

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