In God's Path
The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire
Robert G. Hoyland
Reviews and Awards
"[A] splendid new history of the Arab conquests.... Hoyland...has performed an invaluable service. His book will surely serve as the definitive account of the Arab conquests for many years to come." -Tom Holland, Literary Review"
"In God's Path is a thoughtful and nuanced guide to an age that was far more complex than we might imagine from older accounts…. A crucial story, which Hoyland tells powerfully." -Philip Jenkins, Books & Culture"
"An illuminating, richly detailed, highly readable study of one of the crucial periods of history." -Peter Leithart, First Things"
"In God's Path provides a thorough, persuasive and timely overview of this century of transformations in the history of the Middle East for specialists and non-specialists alike." -Harry Munt, History Today"
"Concise and clear, In God's Path is a recommended introduction to historical events about which everyone today wants to know." -Peter Webb, Times Literary Supplement"
"This is a succinct, intelligent guide to the period, alert to nuance and cautious about grand theories." -Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman"
"This is perhaps the best introduction to the Arab-Islamic Conquests available...Original, authoritative, and a joy to read-I cannot recommend it highly enough." -Adam Silverstein, author of Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction"
"With its exceptional clarity, balanced judgment of both Muslim and non-Muslim sources, and a broad perspective that encompasses peripheral peoples, Robert Hoyland's new book provides an account of the rise of Islam that is as definitive as it is accessible." -G. W. Bowersock, author of The Throne of Adulis"