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The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates

The Islamic Near East from the 6th to the 11th Century

Hugh Kennedy


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Based on original Arabic sources, the new edition of this well-established text has been comprehensively revised. The book covers the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, through the great days of the Ummayad and Abbasid Caliphates (8th-10th centuries), to the period of political fragmentation which followed it when Islam lost its core unity, never to be recovered.

Routledge, 9780582405257, 440pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2004

About the Author

Hugh Kennedy is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St Andrews.