Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th-9th Century)
In the May 10 issue, Peter Brown writes, “The foundation of the Arab empire has been called ‘one of the most remarkable achievements in human history.’ Byzantium and Islam takes us to the heart of this great detonation. It embraces the last century of the pre-Islamic Middle East and the first two centuries of Islam. To our surprise, we do not find ourselves in a world swept by a mighty wind. Instead, we enter a series of quiet rooms where time seems to stand still. Like a perfect late fall day, only the occasional rustle of a falling leaf startles us into realizing that the seasons are about to change.”
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