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Arthur Dhallin

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  • In God's Path

  • The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire
  • By: Robert G. Hoyland
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Islamic conquest history from the outside

  • By SAMA on 01-22-15

Good scholarly book but dry

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Lots of info but written more like a textbook with original sources. Good if you want to augment knowledge of this period but not a good starter book.

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof. Armstrong is an rockstar. Loved her class.

  • By Rocco on 10-04-13

Good lecture, but material is dry at times

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This is really more about the life of medieval people, not so much about the people themselves. Good for a general background, but not really focused on the political or military aspects of the times.

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