Islamic Empires

by Justin Marozzi

£10.99


Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of Islamic Empires for collection at Daunt Books Summertown. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.

Non-Fiction

Paperback

9780141981093

Published by Penguin

Published August 2020

Books > History > Staff Picks

‘Outstanding, illuminating, compelling … a riveting read’ – Peter Frankopan

Islamic civilization was once the envy of the world. From a succession of glittering, cosmopolitan capitals, Islamic empires lorded it over the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and swathes of the Indian subcontinent.

For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its cities unrivalled powerhouses of artistic grandeur, commercial power, spiritual sanctity and forward-looking thinking. Islamic Empires is a history of this rich and diverse civilization told through its greatest cities over fifteen centuries, from the beginnings of Islam in Mecca in the seventh century to the astonishing rise of Doha in the twenty-first. It dwells on the most remarkable dynasties ever to lead the Muslim world – the Abbasids of Baghdad, the Umayyads of Damascus and Cordoba, the Merinids of Fez, the Ottomans of Istanbul, the Mughals of India and the Safavids of Isfahan – and some of the most charismatic leaders in Muslim history, from Saladin in Cairo and mighty Tamerlane of Samarkand to the poet-prince Babur in his mountain kingdom of Kabul and the irrepressible Maktoum dynasty of Dubai.

It focuses on these fifteen cities at some of the defining moments in Islamic history: from the Prophet Mohammed receiving his divine revelations in Mecca and the First Crusade of 1099 to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal creation of the merchant republic of Beirut in the nineteenth century.

The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross | 9781841154763

The Rest is Noise

Alex Ross

£16.99

The Great Romantic: Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton | 9781473661851

The Great Romantic: Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus

Duncan Hamilton

£9.99

Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Iain MacGregor | 9781472130594

Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Iain MacGregor

£10.99

Eight Days at Yalta: How Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World by Diana Preston | 9781509868773

Eight Days at Yalta: How Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World

Diana Preston

£12.99

The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather | 9780753545188

The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz

Jack Fairweather

£9.99

The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj by Anita Anand | 9781471174247

The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj

Anita Anand

£9.99