Reviews

  • [Kennedy] traces the history of this important, much-misunderstood concept from the death of the Prophet Muhammad in AD 632 to the present ... [The Caliphate] wears its profound erudition lightly

    Jason Burke, Literary Review
  • An engaging portrait of a fascinating, multifaceted history

    Times Literary Supplement
  • A lucid and learned account of one of the most important institutions in world history - and who better to deliver it than one of our most gifted and accessible historians

    Shawkat Toorawa, Professor of Arabic, Yale University
  • Only Hugh Kennedy has the expertise, the wide-ranging mastery of the sources, the general deep understanding of Islamic culture, and the literary style to construct a persuasive argument that describes the intellectual vitality of classical Abbasid Baghdad as similar to that of our modern-day Paris or London

    George Saliba, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, Columbia University
  • Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers

    Kirkus Reviews
  • A remarkable narrative history... A lively and compelling study

    William Dalrymple, The Times (praise for 'Court of the Caliphs')
  • Masterly and magical

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Daily Telegraph (praise for 'Court of the Caliphs')
  • History at its most vivid and enthralling . . . a truly magnificent achievement

    New Statesman (Praise for 'The Great Arab Conquests')
  • Intriguing ... Kennedy draws on dynastic histories and a variety of historical records and documents to make these once magnificent empires and their impressive accomplishments in science, medicine and technology, as well as literary and cultural endeavours, come to life

    Ebrahim Moosa, Wall Street Journal
  • [An] engrossing and entertaining introduction ... Kennedy clearly shows the continuing power of this idea to incite controversy

    Publishers Weekly