• [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
  • [An] engrossing and entertaining introduction ... Kennedy clearly shows the continuing power of this idea to incite controversy

    Publishers Weekly

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