In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

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  • Tom Holland
  • Author:  Tom Holland
  • Year: 10-09-2015
  • Translator from English: Borislava Velkova
  • Availability:  In Stock
  • Product Code:  1487-01
  • SKU: 03.0067
  • ISBN: 978-619-152-583-6
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The acclaimed author of Rubicon and other superb works of popular history now produces a thrillingly panoramic (and incredibly timely) account of the rise of Islam.
 
No less significant than the collapse of the Roman Republic or the Persian invasion of Greece, the evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement.  Just like the Romans, the Arabs came from nowhere to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion—except that they achieved their conquests not over the course of centuries as the Romans did but in a matter of decades. Just like the Greeks during the Persian wars, they overcame seemingly insuperable odds to emerge triumphant against the greatest empire of the day—not by standing on the defensive, however, but by hurling themselves against all who lay in their path.

About the Author

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Thomas "Tom" Holland (born 1968) is an English writer and popular historian, who has published several works on classical and medieval history. As well as his writing, he has worked with the BBC to cr... Read more

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Year 10-09-2015
Translator from English: Borislava Velkova
Pages 560
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 0.9 kg
Cover Type Hardcover
Genre Middle Ages, History of the Islamic World, Military History, Islam, Christianity, Culturology

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