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

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Pearson/Longman, 2004 - History - 419 pages

Based on original Arabic sources, the new edition of this well-established text has been comprehensively revised. The book covers the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, through the great days of the Ummayad and Abbasid Caliphates (8th-10th centuries), to the period of political fragmentation which followed it when Islam lost its core unity, never to be recovered.

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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. 

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

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