The Great Arab Conquests

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Pub. Date: 2007-09-10
Publisher(s): Da Capo Pr
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Today's Arab world was created at breathtaking speed. In just over one hundred years following the death of Mohammed in 632, Arabs had subjugated a territory with an east-west expanse greater than the Roman Empire, and they did it in about one-half the time. By the mid-eighth century, Arab armies had conquered the thousand-year-old Persian Empire, reduced the Byzantine Empire to little more than a city-state based around Constantinople, and destroyed the Visigoth kingdom of Spain. The cultural and linguistic effects of this early Islamic expansion reverberate today. This is the first popular English-language account in many years of this astonishing remaking of the political and religious map of the world. Hugh Kennedy's sweeping narrative reveals how the Arab armies conquered almost everything in their path, and brings to light the unique characteristics of Islamic rule. One of the few academic historians with a genuine talent for story telling, Kennedy offers a compelling mix of larger-than-life characters, fierce battles, and the great clash of civilizations and religions.

Author Biography

Hugh Kennedy has taught in the Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews since 1972. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000. Professor Kennedy lives in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xxv
Prefacep. 1
Foreword: Remembrance of Things Pastp. 12
The Foundations of Conquestp. 34
The Conquest of Syria and Palestinep. 66
The Conquest of Iraqp. 98
The Conquest of Egyptp. 139
The Conquest of Iranp. 169
Into the Maghrebp. 200
Crossing the Oxusp. 225
The Road to Samarqandp. 255
Furthest East and Furthest Westp. 296
The War at Seap. 324
Voices of the Conqueredp. 344
Conclusionp. 363
Notesp. 377
Bibliographyp. 398
Indexp. 409
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