The Crescent and the Scimitar by ProQuest


The story of how a few undermanned Arab armies established an empire spanning continents in a matter of a century is the subject of Hugh Kennedy's new book, The Great Arab Conquests. The Muslim armies found inspiration in the numerous passages in the Qur'an concerning jihad: Let those fight in the path of God who sell the life of this world for the other. In the past two years, officials of alQaeda have referred to its war against Rumieh, the Arabic word for the Roman or Byzantine Empirestriking evidence of how the conquests continue to shape the historical imagination of the Islamic world.

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