'What Carole Hillenbrand has achieved in her magnificent new book is breathtaking. The book is brilliantly organized and written with compelling clarity, which will make it the indispensable introduction to the subject for a long time to come'
Dr Richard Holloway, author of Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt
'I cannot remember the last time I so much enjoyed reading a text on Islam. It is extremely well researched and the flowing writing style makes you want to finish it in one sitting'
H.R.H. Wijdan (Ali Al-Hashemi, Ph.D, diplomat and founder of the Jordan National Gallery
'This book is well argued and well structured. It is balanced, judicious, and based on a wealth of erudition and astute observations'
Youssef Choueiri, University of Manchester