The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades by Usama ibn Munqidh, trans. Paul M. Cobb

Review by Tam Hussein When the aged warrior poet, Usama ibn Munqidh of Shaizar in Syria, reflected on his life, he must have thought it an eventful one. He had participated in his share of fighting, intrigue and hunting. At 93, he was the most celebrated poet of his age. The… Read more“The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades by Usama ibn Munqidh, trans. Paul M. Cobb”

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)”