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The Arab Conquests
The Arab Conquests Justin Marozzi
 The Landmark Library, 21

The story of the seventh- and eighth-century Muslim conquests, when armies inspired by the new religion of Islam burst out of Arabia to build the Islamic Empire.

'This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images ... As sharp as the Arabian desert in the midday sun' Gerard DeGroot, The Times

By the time of his death in 632, the Prophet Mohammed had united the feuding tribes of Arabia at the point of his sword. In the decades that followed, armies inspired by the new religion of Islam burst out of Arabia to subjugate the Levant, southwest and Central Asia, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula.

The Arab Conquests lasted until 750, by which time several generations of marauding Muslim armies had carved out an Islamic empire, soon to be centred on Baghdad, which in size and population rivalled that of Rome at its zenith, extending from the shores of the Atlantic in the west to the borders of China in the east. In the process they had completely crushed one great empire (the old empire of Byzantium), and hollowed out another (that of the Iranian Sasanids).

These conquests of the seventh and eighth centuries represent one of the greatest feats of arms in history. Justin Marozzi charts their lightning progress across the Middle East and vast tracts of Asia and explains how an unknown and radically militant faith swept out of the Arabian desert to change the world for ever.

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13 May 2021 * 256pp * £18.99 * 9781838933401
REVIEWS
'This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images ... As sharp as the Arabian desert in the midday sun'
Gerard DeGroot, The Times
'A powerfully written and beautifully illustrated account of the Arab conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries ... It's the most beautiful book I've read in a very long time'
The Times
'Provides an excellent prelude to Marozzi's previous two books, Baghdad and Islamic Empires'
Spectator
PRAISE FOR JUSTIN MAROZZI:

'Justin Marozzi is that most precious rarity: a serious traveller who is also a real writer, with a wonderful feel for language, a gift for narrative and an enviable sensitivity and lightness of touch' William Dalrymple on South from Barbary.

'He celebrates the wonders of the world with a life-grabbing energy that is never less than infectious' Tom Holland on The Man Who Invented History.

'Outstanding ... Justin Marozzi is the most brilliant of the new generation of travelwriter-historians' John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph, on Tamerlane.

'It is refreshing to read a book on Islam by someone who combines profound erudition with emotional intelligence and empathy ... Lively, limpid and graceful'
 Avi Shlaim, Financial Times, on Islamic Empires
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Author
Justin Marozzi
Justin Marozzi
Justin Marozzi has spent most of his professional life living and working in the Muslim world. A former Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, he is the author of seven books, including the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World and the Ondaatje Prize-winning Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, which was praised by the judges as 'a truly monumental achievement'.
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