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the history of Islam in readable form
on 25 May 2011
Well, for those interested in Islam this would be a good place to start.
The book is very well written (though sometimes in too much of an American way and style - as another reviewer pointed out, and flows from one chapter to the next and is pretty much chronological in order.
it basically quashes the entire history of the religion of Islam into 416 pages, which is a pretty cheeky attempt - but it succeeds in many ways, especially for those with an interest and those who don't want any heavy going academic type of read but want it basically told as a Tale of sorts in layman terms.
This is also its downfall in many ways, there are some historical inaccuracies, and it's obviously biased towards the authors thoughts, belief and knowledge and someone looking for a more in depth historical account should look elsewhere.
All in all, worth reading for those who have an interest or are curious about the religion of Islam and its history.