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

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 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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Review: The Great Arab Conquests: How The Spread Of Islam Changed The World We Live In

User Review  - Graham - Goodreads

I'm glad to have read this book, but gladder just to be done with it. This has been a bit of a plodding read, and I have read a number of other books between this ones pages. As others have noted ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Caviglia - Goodreads

Surprisingly uninteresting, considering the immensity and rapidity of the Arab conquest, its incalculable impact on the modern world, and the fascinations provided by that fount of conquest himself ... Read full review

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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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