In The Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland

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In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, one had vanished forever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs.

In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about; and how, as empires rose and fell, a succession of great religions took on the forms they still wear today. Read more

Read Tom Holland’s response to Glen Bowersock’s review of In The Shadow of the Sword