In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

Tantor Media Inc

Narrated by Steven Crossley

18 hr 11 min

The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history-the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world-Tom Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization. With profound bearing on the most consequential events of our time, Holland ties the exciting story of Islam's ascent to the crises and controversies of the present.
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Tantor Media Inc
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Published on
May 12, 2015
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Duration
18h 11m 54s
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ISBN
9781494581145
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Medieval
History / General
History / Middle East / General
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