By Hugh Kennedy
The Prophet and the Age of Caliphates is an available heritage of the close to East from c.600-1050AD, the interval during which Islamic society used to be shaped. starting with the lifetime of Muhammad and the delivery of Islam, Hugh Kennedy is going directly to discover the nice Arab conquests of the 7th century and the golden age of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates while the realm of Islam used to be politically and culturally way more built than the West. the arriving of the Seljuk Turks and the interval of political fragmentation which shattered this early cohesion, by no means to be recovered.
This new version is absolutely up-to-date take into consideration the enormous volume of latest learn on early Islam, and incorporates a thoroughly revised bibliography. in keeping with large studying of the unique Arabic assets, Kennedy breaks clear of the Orientalist culture of seeing early Islamic historical past as a sequence of ephemeral rulers and unnecessary battles by means of drawing realization to underlying long-term social and monetary processes.
The Prophet and the Age of Caliphates deals with problems with carrying on with and lengthening relevance within the twenty-first century, whilst it's, probably, extra very important than ever to appreciate the early improvement of the Islamic international. scholars and students of early Islamic historical past will locate this publication a transparent, informative and readable advent to the subject.
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The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates: The Islamic Near East from the Sixth to the Eleventh Century (A History of the Near East) by Hugh Kennedy