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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 1900-01-00)
The author, a distinguished Islamic scholar, cuts through a welter of misconceptions.(Robert Lebling Saudi Aramco World 1900-01-00)
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 1900-01-00)
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)
Very difficult book to read for the novice on Islam. Must have a full background or the reader will be mostly lost. This is an important book from the historical perspective. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Grimshawa
A masterful survey over the first six centuries of Islamic political thought. Meticulously researched. Balanced, incisive, authoritative.Published on October 6, 2010 by Mimicri
This is a great book for those already acquainted with early Islamic history. It provides a great overview and keen/fresh insights and perspectives from which to view the subject. Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by N. Gonzalez