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In the Shadow of the Sword Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É The acclaimed author of Rubicon and other superb works of popular history now produces a thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam   No less significant than the collapse of the Roman RepubliHe Romans did but in a matter of decades Just like the Greeks during the Persian wars they overcame seemingly insuperable odds to emerge triumphant against the greatest empire of the day not by standing on the defensive however but by hurling themselves against all who lay in their path. “In the Shadow of the Sword” by Tom Holland published by DoubledayCategory – HistoryTom Holland takes on a daunting task of tracing the rise of Islam He traces the beginning from antiuity to the present It is far reaching in scope and gives new insight into present day politics and religionThe book starts with the founding of Rome and how it was able to rule the known world to the how and why Rome failed It takes on the rise of the Muslim world with the teachings of Muhammad to its present day position in the world and world affairsThis is very heavy reading especially when the author explains the sociopolitical aspects of each ruler and how it rose to prominence and finally its own destruction This was true not only the rulers but the different religions being professed during each of these periods in historyAs the Roman Empire seemed to just materialize overnight it was the same with Islam and the Arab Empire“In the Shadow of the Sword” is history at its best but written for those who have a deep interest in history The book is very detailed and will have the reader referring back to the Timeline Dramatis Personas and Glossary until the final page

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The acclaimed author of Rubicon and other superb works of popular history now produces a thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam   No less significant than the collapse of the Roman Republic or the Persian invasion of Greece the evolution of the Arab em. I appreciate Holland gift for telling history but most of the book is about other empires and other faiths The research is excellent and writing fine I agree on the importance of context But the part about Arabia seemed weaker than generously represents sections on Rome and Persia

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In the Shadow of the SwordPire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history a story dazzlingly rich in drama character and achievement  Just like the Romans the Arabs came from nowhere to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion except that they achieved their conuests not over the course of centuries as t. I've read all of Tom Holland's books to date but this one has proved the most controversial by far It recounts the birth of the three great Abrahamic religions in late antiuity but predictably given the current intellectual climate it's his musings on the third Islam that has attracted the most ire I read one review in particular from a distinguished scholar that derided Holland's book in such excoriating terms as to make me take particular noticeThat review struck me at the time as having a political agenda than its author was prepared to admit and now having read Holland's book I feel sure of it I am no historian nor yet an Arabic scholar but one thing I do know 'Shadow Of The Sword' is far from the sensationalist Islamophobic tome that Glen Bowersock suggests On the contrary all of Holland's assertions seem well researched fair minded and posed neither dogmatically nor idealistically In short Holland comes across as the historian whereas Bowersock's review reeks of somebody afraid to rock the boatBesides all of that 'ITSOTS' is a fascinating history of a little known for me anyway period Holland's treatment of the religions is never less than respectful The only point where he parts company with the faithful is in his refusal to accept divine intervention as history Fair enough I'd say