6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but monotonous,
This review is from: The Great Arab Conquests: How The Spread Of Islam Changed The World We Live In (Hardcover)
I fully agree with the two comments below especially the fact that this book highlights the problems of analyzing Arab conquests without any attempt to address them. The book, while fairly well researched, leaves you wondering what to take as an historical fact and what to discard as pure myth. In many places the author goes on for couple of pages telling a story only to go back and doubts its sources.
Being from the Middle East myself, I have read about most of the general topics in the books. However, I found few points to be very interesting like 1) the role of Copts in conquering Egypt 2) the relationship with different religions in general and finally the fate of many great conquerors. I had thought that only Musa Bin Nusair was ill treated as the regime in Damascus changed but apparently it was quite a typical treatment. I also liked the use of poems from the period to try to understand the psychology of the time.
Overall I think the author has what it takes to write very good history books but he will have to reach his own conclusions instead of treating the book as an academic research paper.
I give it Four Stars.