The Great Arab Conquests: How the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy Phoenix (2007)

Review by Tam Hussain Western historians have always found it difficult to explain the ‘enigma’ of the early Muslim conquests. Firstly, since Providence no longer has a place in Western academic thought, how does one account for the fact that a small army, no better in terms of equipment or… Read more“The Great Arab Conquests: How the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy Phoenix (2007)”

How Cervantes Lost His Left Arm

Article appeared in Emel magazine Issue 78 March 2011 reproduced with kind permission The brother of a merchant sailor inspired literature from the Spanish novelist and poet. Tam Hussein explores the story of Cervantes. “The loss of my left arm,” quipped Cervantes, “is for the greater glory of my right.”… Read more“How Cervantes Lost His Left Arm”

Renaissance Translated

Article appeared in Emel magazine Issue 77, February,  2011. Reproduced by kind permission. Captivating the minds of writers, artists and scientists alike, Tam Hussein explains how the Renaissance emerged from the Islamic world. Any introductory history on the West will tell you that the roots of western cultural dominance lies… Read more“Renaissance Translated”

Ibn Fadlan’s Journey to Russia: A Tenth Century Traveller from Baghdad to the Volga River Trans. Richard Frye

Review By Tam Hussein – Reproduced with the kind permission of Emel magazine Issue 67 April 2010. After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 Velidi Togan, leader of the Bashkirt Republic, was arrested and condemned to death by Lenin. Togan managed to escape and joined local forces in Central Asia to… Read more“Ibn Fadlan’s Journey to Russia: A Tenth Century Traveller from Baghdad to the Volga River Trans. Richard Frye”