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The Great Islamic Conquests AD 632–750

(Osprey Essential Histories #71)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Few, if any, centuries in world history have had such a profound and long-lasting impact as the first hundred years of Islamic history. In this book, David Nicolle, a former member of the BBC's Arabic service, examines the extensive Islamic conquests between 632 and 750 AD. These years saw the religion and culture of Islam, as well as the Arabic language, erupt from the Ar ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Osprey Publishing
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Alan
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Good summation of the wars of conquest by Islamic forces after the death of Mohammed. If you want a simple military history - this is a good book to read. What bothered me was the author came across as sympathetic to the Islamic quest to conquer more land and people. He mentions the tolerance of the religion towards the conquered people. That really bothered me - because people shouldn't be conquered - therefore if you're going to give your opinion on how tolerant they were - maybe they should b ...more
Vanessa
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had to read this for a class and unfortunately it is not very detailed- it is pretty much a picture book.
It also down scales the level of Muslim atrocities during the Islamic expansion, in favour of a view of a tolerant religion. Sure, Islam was very tolerant (relative to the other religions of the day), particularly while Muhammad was alive, but they were also brutal just like most other empire's of the time.
Declan Waters
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very clear (and by necessity) concise overview of the growth of Islam from the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed to the collapse of the Umayyad Caliphate in 750.

One of the youngest religions in the world is one not taught very often in Western schools in the 80s and 90s, and so I knew little about this period other than the interactions with Byzantium, and (later) as a 'cause' for the Crusades.

Nicolle clearly identifies the driving and dominant features of this era and whilst there were mini
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Ali
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Badly written book

Not accurate, concise, or thorough. Because the author relies on second hand research, he elaborates in topics enjoying good research (Persia, Rome, Moguls, ..) and shows serious deficiency of research (like Islamic Conquests!)
Eb
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book doesn't deserve 5 stars but it also doesn't deserve the 1 star and bigoted anti-muslim reviews it has received either. This is my way of balancing out the universe.
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Dr. David C. Nicolle (born 4 April 1944) is a British historian specialising in the military history of the Middle Ages, with a particular interest in the Middle East.

David Nicolle worked for BBC Arabic before getting his MA at SOAS, University of London. He gained a PHD at the University of Edinburgh. He lectured in World and Islamic art and architecture at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He was also
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