James Howard-Johnston presents a sweeping and hugely readable account of doubtless the main dramatic unmarried episode in international historical past - the emergence of a brand new faith (Islam), the destruction of 2 tested nice powers (Roman and Iranian), and the production of a brand new international empire by means of the Arabs, all within the house of now not even more than a iteration (610-52 AD). struggle looms huge, particularly the place operations should be in a few aspect, as in Iraq 636-40, in Egypt 641-2 and within the long-drawn out conflict for the Mediterranean (649-98). because the first historical past of the formative section of Islam to be grounded within the very important non-Islamic in addition to Islamic assets Witnesses to a global Crisis is vital interpreting for an individual eager to comprehend Islam as a faith and political strength, the trendy heart East, and the jihadist impulse, that is as glaring at the present time because it was once within the 7th century.
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