In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire (Paperback)
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DescriptionA thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam, from the acclaimed author of "Rubicon "and "Persian Fire." The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history--the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world--Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization aspects of which endure to the present day. With profound bearing on the most consequential events of our time, Holland ties the exciting story of Islam's ascent to the crises and controversies of the present.
- Published: 02 May 2013
- Format: Paperback 526 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307473653 ISBN 10: 0307473651
- Sales rank: 32,526
Reviews for In the Shadow of the Sword
A book which is as bold as it is definitive
This is an excellent study of the rise of pan-Arabism and Islam. The scholarship is extraordinary as is the story-telling. Hollande does not step back from making bold statements. These, however, are based on undeniable facts inasmuch as archaeology permits those. There are some leaps of faith in the reasoning, to be sure, but these are probably justified given the facts as we know them, facts that derive from archaeology and still extant texts and parchments. Some will, undoubtedly, find the language verbose but this will depend on personal taste and background. Hollande has taken a difficult subject - one which is germane to today's world - and made it readily understandable to the lay-person. It is difficult, overall, to fault the author's conclusions. Overall, it is an excellent study of a often-misunderstood subject. by Lindsay Hughes
- Top review
this book should be great. The subject is fascinating and poorly understood but vitally important as it describes the formation of the Christian and Islamic religions and an early clash of civilisations. The author clearly knows the subject and has done a lot of homework.
Unfortunately the book is so poorly written it is almost unreadable. Long boring repetitive sentences with flowery meaningless words in a jumble of unstructured paragraphs make the book a waste of time. The editor must have been asleep and the publisher relying on the title and cover for this book to get out as it did.
Don't waste 20 hours of your life tying to get through the hyperbole, don't waste your money, don't buy In the Shadow of the Sword. by Peter Katz