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In this 'thrilling. . .profoundly important book' (Christopher Hart, Sunday Times) and Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, the acclaimed author of Rubicon gives a panoramic-and timely-account of the rise of Islam In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So profound was this upheaval that it spelled, in effect, the end of the ancient world. But the changes that marked the period were more than merely political or even cultural: there was also a transformation of human society with incalculable consequences for the future. Today, over half the world's population subscribes to one of the various religions that took on something like their final form during the last centuries of antiquity. Wherever men or women are inspired by belief in a single god to think or behave in a certain way, they bear witness to the abiding impact of this extraordinary, convulsive age - though as Tom Holland demonstrates, much of what Jews, Christians and Muslims believe about the origins of their religion is open to debate. In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine. It is a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement, and stars many of the most remarkable rulers ever seen. 'A compelling detective story of the highest order, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a dazzlingly colourful journey into the world of late antiquity. Every bit as thrilling a narrative history as Holland's previous works, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a profoundly important book. It makes public and popular what scholarship has been discovering for several decades now; and those discoveries suggest a wholesale revision of where Islam came from and what it is' (Christopher Hart, Sunday Times)

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Genre: History
Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: Abacus
Release: 2012-04-05
File: 480 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780748119516

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The acclaimed author of Rubicon and other superb works of popular history now produces a thrillingly panoramic (and incredibly timely) account of the rise of Islam. No less significant than the collapse of the Roman Republic or the Persian invasion of Greece, the evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. Just like the Romans, the Arabs came from nowhere to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion—except that they achieved their conquests not over the course of centuries as the Romans did but in a matter of decades. Just like the Greeks during the Persian wars, they overcame seemingly insuperable odds to emerge triumphant against the greatest empire of the day—not by standing on the defensive, however, but by hurling themselves against all who lay in their path.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: Anchor
Release: 2012-05-15
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385531368

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An epic saga of love and war, Shadow of the Swords tells the story of the Crusades—from the Muslim perspective. Saladin, a Muslim sultan, finds himself pitted against King Richard the Lionheart as Islam and Christianity clash against each other, launching a conflict that still echoes today. In the midst of a brutal and unforgiving war, Saladin finds forbidden love in the arms of Miriam, a beautiful Jewish girl with a tragic past. But when King Richard captures Miriam, the two most powerful men on Earth must face each other in a personal battle that will determine the future of the woman they both love—and of all civilization. Richly imagined, deftly plotted, and highly entertaining, Shadow of the Swords is a remarkable story that will stay with readers long after the final page has been turned.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Kamran Pasha
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2010-06-22
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 1416580700

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"A strategic blueprint for successful new product development and implementation. Brand New provides a clear road map to creating successful new products using a revolutionary innovation process. Author Mike Maddock has used his firm's innovation process to create and launch what is now CBS Sports Online, patent a new billing experience for AT&T, create the McDonald's Snack Wrap, and launch Precision Farming for Case New Holland, among others. Innovative and truly visionary, this book teaches other companies how they can maximize performance and revenue. Presents an overarching strategy for creating and introducing new products effectively. Written by innovation thought leaders, with clients including SC Johnson, Allstate, Philips, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Kellogg's, Sears, and many more. Reveals a step-by-step blueprint for a disciplined, replicable process that employs a mix of creativity and science to successfully introduce new products. Creative and intelligent, Brand New equips today's businesses to develop a well-defined process for introducing new products efficiently?make that process a reality."--Provided by publisher.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Val Gunn
Publisher: Val Gunn
Release: 2011
File: 357 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780615232690

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Author: Robert Williams Buchanan
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus
Release: 1883
File: 468 Pages
ISBN-13: OXFORD:300019055

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David Weiss Halivni emerges his original approach to critical study of the Talmudic text not only in its modern printed form but as it was in its original form, the Oral Torah from the mouths of countless sages.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: David Weiss Halivni
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2019-07-11
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781000314946

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One thousand years ago, a wish was made and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. A weapon powerful enough to seal away the formidable demon Hakaimono. Now he has broken free. Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful Scroll of a Thousand Prayers to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the scroll. But she has a new enemy now, more dangerous than any she has yet faced. The demon Hakaimono is free at last, and he has possessed the very person Yumeko trusted to protect her from the evil at her heels, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Hakaimono has only one goal: to break the curse of the sword and set himself free to rain chaos and destruction over the land forevermore. To do so, he will need the scroll. And Yumeko is the only one standing in his way.

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin
Release: 2019-06-18
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781488038860

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Robert Williams Buchanan
Publisher: Wentworth Press
Release: 2019-02-22
File: 408 Pages
ISBN-13: 0469251751

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This study is unique in that it not only details the actual diplomacy which implemented Italy's decision to remain neutral in August 1914 to her declaration of war in 1915, but also accounts for the domestic and international factors from which this diplomacy flowed. And it places these policies against the necessary backdrop of Italy's prewar position among the great European powers. Renzi has researched this topic from archival sources which were until quite recently unavailable, and has very probably conducted more research on the topic than has been embodied in any previous study.

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Genre: History
Author: William A. Renzi
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Release: 1987
File: 359 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015017668057

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Awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry under fire, Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Workman is one of the Marine Corps’ best-known contemporary combat veterans. In this searing and inspiring memoir, he tells an unforgettable story of his service overseas–and of the emotional wars that continue to rage long after our fighting men come home. Raised in a tiny blue-collar town in Ohio, Jeremiah Workman was a handsome and athletic high achiever. Having excelled on the sporting field, he believed that the Marine Corps would be the perfect way to harness his physical and professional drives. In the Iraqi city of Fallujah in December 2004, Workman faced the challenge that would change his life. He and his platoon were searching for hidden caches of weapons and mopping up die-hard insurgent cells when they came upon a building in which a team of fanatical insurgents had their fellow Marines trapped. Leading repeated assaults on that building, Workman killed more than twenty of the enemy in a ferocious firefight that left three of his own men dead. But Workman’s most difficult fight lay ahead of him–in the battlefield of his mind. Burying his guilt about the deaths of his men, he returned stateside, where he was decorated for valor and then found himself assigned to the Marine base at Parris Island as a “Kill Hat”: a drill instructor with the least seniority and the most brutal responsibilities. He was instructed, only half in jest, to push his untested recruits to the brink of suicide. Haunted by the thought that he had failed his men overseas, Workman cracked, suffering a psychological breakdown in front of the men he was charged with leading and preparing for war. In Shadow of the Sword, a memoir that brilliantly captures both wartime courage and its lifelong consequences, Workman candidly reveals the ordeal of post-traumatic stress disorder: the therapy and drug treatments that deadened his mind even as they eased his pain, the overwhelming stress that pushed his marriage to the brink, and the confrontations with anger and self-blame that he had internalized for years. Having fought through the worst of his trials–and now the father of a young son–Workman has found not perfection or a panacea but a way to accommodate his traumas and to move forward toward hope, love, and reconciliation. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Jeremiah Workman
Publisher: Presidio Press
Release: 2009-09-15
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0345516664

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