Great Islamic Conquests AD 632-750

ISBN-10: 1846032733
ISBN-13: 9781846032738
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Nicolle
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 5/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Few, if any, centuries in world history have had such a profound and long-lasting impact as the first hundred years of Islamic history. In this book, David Nicolle, a former member of the BBC's Arabic service, examines the extensive Islamic conquests between 632 and 750 AD. These years saw the religion and culture of Islam, as well as the Arabic language, erupt from the Arabian Peninsula to spread across an area far larger than that of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent. It also saw the abrupt collapse of the Persian Empire, as well as the permanent withdrawal of the Romano-Byzantine Empire and its associated cultures, along with Christianity as a ruling faith, from the Middle East and North Africa. Virtually all the lands "opened" by their armies remain Islamic - and in many cases Arabic-speaking - to this day, in contrast to the often ephemeral achievements of better-known conquerors, such as Alexander the Great and several Roman Caesars, and the effects of this rapid expansion was to shape European affairs for centuries to come.

Introduction
Chronology
Background to war: Pre-Islamic Arabia
Outbreak: The birth of Islam and the unifying of Arabia
The warring sides: Armies of the Middle East and the Mediterranean
The fighting: A rising religion meets tired empires
Portrait of a soldier: Two warriors of Arabia
From conquest to empire: The Umayyad century
How the war ended: The fall of the Umayyad dynasty
The world around the war: Architecture and religion
Portrait of a civilian: A man of letters and a man of God
Conclusion
Further reading
Index

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