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Dry, and a little confusing
on 17 October 2014
The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates, is an attempt to chart the early history or the growth of Islam. A very interesting propostition and as relevant today as it ever has been, especially given the troubles in the middle east, this books should be of great help to anybody with an interest in this area of the world.
However it is not. While detailed, the style of writing is very dry and can be very confusing at times. Names of people and Caliph's come and go with very little to actually tell you who they are or where they come from. The success of the early Arab/Muslim armies agains all opposition is not really explained, to paraphrase, they came, they saw, they conquered and thats all we know from this work.
A decent attempt, but could have been so much more