by Fred M. Donner
“The Expansion of the Early Islamic State” is a good book on the history of Islam. It is written by Professor Fred M. Donner. Professor Fred M. Donner is currently Director of the University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His scholarly work focuses on early Islam, Islamic historiography, and medieval Islamic social history. This book presents a selection of the key studies in which leading scholars since the beginning of the 20th century attempt to explain the phenomenally rapid expansion of the early Islamic state during the 7th century CE.
Author discussed the causes for the conquest movement or expansion, the reasons for its success, the nature of the movement itself, the impact the expansion had on the countries affected by it, and the complex questions surrounding the sources on which historians have constructed their views of the expansion, and the reliability (or lack of it) of those sources. In short, author covered the great Islamic history in very understandable way for readers in this book.