This rich and wide-ranging book... is stimulating and provocative... [Crone's] lucid style aims to make a complex, ostensibly alien, tradition intelligible to the general reader as well as to the Islamic specialist.
(Times Literary Supplement
The book is a masterpiece on the history of the tension existing between religion and politics.
(Peter von Sivers Middle East Journal
The author, a distinguished Islamic scholar, cuts through a welter of misconceptions.
(Robert Lebling Saudi Aramco World
Patricia Crone gracefully covers the first six centuries of Islamic political thought.
(Zouhair Ghazzal Historian
Students today... will benefit greatly from this welcome study of early Islamic political thought.
(Ronald J. Stansbury Christian Scolar's Review
The book combines erudition with analytical brilliance. The author knows how to make sense of things, highlight them, and put them in perspective. Readers should come away with a satisfying depth of understanding of the full range of medieval Islamic political thought.
(Michael Cook, Princeton University)