- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (December 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306817403
- ISBN-13: 978-0306817403
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In Paperback – December 9, 2008
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To me, this book seems more like a companion book for someone who is already familiar with Muhammad, what he preached, his early campaigns, and the inner politics of early Islamic rule, because all of those things, which to me seem essential to a better understanding of the conquests, are absent here.
In true academic fashion, Kennedy spends so much time questioning his source material, that it leads the reader to believe that we know nothing at all about this topic, and that the history as it is written is mostly made up by Muslims of later generations who are trying to fill in the gaps in their knowledge about their forebears.
The author also makes it clear in several parts of the book that in his opinion the success of the conquests had to do more with circumstance than in any ability or prowess of the Islamic soldiers or armies, mentioning more than once that if Muhammad had been born seventy years earlier, that we never would have heard of Islam and that the Arabs would have been confined to the desert. Instead, due to plague, political vacuum in the conquered areas, lack of military or governmental structures in place, weakness of both the Byzantine and Sassanid empires due to years of warfare, and similar factors, the Arab armies were able to easily sweep through and conquer these areas with little or no resistance. This viewpoint, while having perhaps some merit, disregards the military achievements of the Arabs, and downplays the role that the new religion played in spurring these armies forward.
If you are looking for a entry point into the Arab early conquests, I strongly suggest this book. In other books he's also covered the Khalifat al-Rashidun, the four first caliphs of Islam, the life of the Prophet himself and the splendour of the Abbasid court in Baghdad. Truly remarkable historian.