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The Arab Conquests

Justin Marozzi

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Head of Zeus
18 August 2021
The story of the Muslim conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries AD, when armies inspired by the new religion of Islam burst out of Arabia to subjugate the Levant, southwest Asia, North Africa and the Iberian peninsula, destroying two great empires in the process.

The story of the seventh- and eighth-century Muslim conquests, when armies inspired by the new religion of Islam burst out of Arabia to build the Islamic Empire.'This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images ... As sharp as the Arabian desert in the midday sun' Gerard DeGroot, The Times 'An excellent prelude to Marozzi's previous books'Spectator 'Thoroughly good fun ... The narration moves swiftly but gracefully from episode to episode'Sunday Times By the time of his death in 632, the Prophet Mohammed had united the feuding tribes of Arabia at the point of his sword. In the decades that followed, armies inspired by the new religion of Islam burst out of Arabia to subjugate the Levant, southwest and Central Asia, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula.

The Arab Conquests lasted until 750, by which time several generations of marauding Muslim armies had carved out an Islamic empire, soon to be centred on Baghdad, which in size and population rivalled that of Rome at its zenith, extending from the shores of the Atlantic in the west to the borders of China in the east. In the process they had completely crushed one great empire (the old empire of Byzantium), and hollowed out another (that of the Iranian Sasanids).

These conquests of the seventh and eighth centuries represent one of the greatest feats of arms in history. Justin Marozzi charts their lightning progress across the Middle East and vast tracts of Asia and explains how an unknown and radically militant faith swept out of the Arabian desert to change the world for ever.
By:   Justin Marozzi
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   21
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781838933401
ISBN 10:   1838933409
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   18 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Justin Marozzi is a travel writer, historian and political risk consultant. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator. His first book, South of Barbary (HarperCollins), told the story of his 1,200-mile crossing of the Libyan Sahara by camel. His second book was the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World (HarperCollins). His latest projects are a travel history of Herodotus and a satirical novel based on the war in Iraq.

Reviews for The Arab Conquests

'This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images ... As sharp as the Arabian desert in the midday sun' -- Gerard DeGroot, The Times 'An excellent prelude to Marozzi's previous two books' * Spectator * 'Thoroughly good fun ... The narration moves swiftly but gracefully from episode to episode' * Sunday Times * 'This global turning point is brilliantly narrated by Justin Marozzi in his latest book, with over 100 illustrations ... Marozzi's sense of landscape, helped by photographs of the places described, many of which he knows well, and five appendices from different contemporary sources, gives The Arab Conquests particular immediacy and authenticity' * Catholic Herald * 'Throughout the book, there are spectacular images of well-known Islamic architecture and landscapes ... This is an ideal introduction for the casual reader who wants learn about the early Islamic conquests and the expansion of the caliphate ... Justin Marozzi provides us with a refreshing and fair retelling of arguably the most important and influential social upheaval of the Middle Ages' * Middle East Monitor *


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