BBC History Magazine The book is extremely lucid, readable, sensibly organised, and wears its considerable learning, as they say, 'lightly'.
BBC History Magazine I cannot imagine any reader not profiting from this tight-packed and intelligently presented text.
Steven Poole, The Guardian Brilliant little book...This highly approachable text is evidently backed by a deep scholarship and is full of eye-catching perspectives.
Silverstein, who teaches the subject at Oxford University, is up-to-date, shrewd and often witty...
the book's lucidity, intelligence and indeed its brevity make it an ideal introduction to the field of study...
David Morgan, TLS The book is a gem, and it deserves a wide readership well beyond the academic community.
<br>Adam J. Silverstein is University Research Lecturer in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Fellow of The Queen's College, University of Oxford.<br>
1. The story of Islamic history; 2. Peoples and cultures; 3. Institutions; 4. The sources; 5. Competing approaches; 6. Religious significance; 7. Political significance; Conclusions; Further reading