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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.

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    In the Shadow of the Sword
    The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Holland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 526
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307473653
    ISBN 10: 0307473651

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    Abridged Dewey: 956
    BISAC V2.8: SOC048000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ARAB
    B&T Approval Code: A14790000
    DC21: 956.013
    DC22: 956.013
    BISAC V2.8: REL037010
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Three Rivers Press
    Imprint name
    Three Rivers Press
    Publication date
    02 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Historian Tom Holland is the author of the nonfiction works of history "Rubicon," "Persian Fire," and "The Forge of Christendom." "Rubicon" was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the 2004 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, and "Persian Fire" won the Anglo-Hellenic League's 2006 Runciman Award. @holland_tom www.tom-holland.org www.doubleday.com
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    Praise for Tom Holland's "In the Shadow of the Sword " "Elegantly written. . . . A veritable tour de force." --"The Wall Street Journal" "A brilliant tour de force of revisionist scholarship and thrilling storytelling with a bloodspattered cast of swashbuckling tyrants, nymphomaniacal empresses and visionary prophets. The book is unputdownable. . . . An important work based on respected scholarship. It takes courage and intellect to confront such complexity and sensitivity. Written with flamboyant elegance and energetic intensity." --"The Times" (London) "Accessible but delightful . . . as fun to read as any thriller, and with far richer intellectual nutritional content. . . . Those unwilling to struggle through academic texts have long needed a guide to the story of Islam as it's understood by those with the fullest access to the latest linguistic and archaeological evidence. Now at last in Tom Holland's "In the Shadow of the Sword," they finally have it. . . . Holland--author previously of "Rubicon" and "Persian Fire"--is about as exciting a stylist as we have writing history today." --"The Daily Beast" "[Holland's] prose is shot through with wit and empathy. The result is a portrait of a lost world that is complex, contradictory and populated by people in thrall to ideas future generations would dismiss as ridiculous. Much like our own, in other words." --"Dallas Morning News" "[An] elegant study of the roiling era of internecine religious rivalry and epic strife that saw the nation of Islam rise and conquer. . . . Holland confronts questions in the Quranic text head-on, providing a substantive, fluid exegesis on the original documents. Smoothly composed history and fine scholarship." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Tom Holland is a writer of clarity and expertise, who talks us through this unfamiliar and crowded territory with energy and some dry wit. . . . The emergence of Islam is a notoriously risky subject,