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The Great Arab Conquests


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The first popular English-language account of the rise of Arab power Hugh Kennedy has a very high international reputation in this field An epic tale of the rise and fall of great empires 'An exciting story gets extra colour thanks to Kennedy's ease with the sources' Scotsman 'The story of the Arab conquests is a dramatic one and Kennedy makes a boldly ambitious attempt to tell it' Sunday Times 'Mr Kennedy tells a remarkable tale with skill and authority' Economist 'The Great Arab Conquests is history at its most vivid and enthralling. a truly magnificent achievement' New Statesman 'Fascinating and well-written' Guardian 'A superb history' Daily Telegraph

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Hugh Kennedy studied Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies before reading Arabic, Persian and History at Cambridge. Since 1972 he has taught in the Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000.


"a lucid and enlightening work that is surely to become the standard popular history of early Islam for many years to come" -- Adam Levitt BIRMINGHAM POST

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