Er handelt davon, dass die Offenbarungen der großen Buchreligionen nicht nur vom Himmel, sondern auch aus der Erde kommen, aus dem historischen Boden und den metaphysischen Hoffnungen ihrer Entstehungszeit. Auch der Islam erwartet einen Mann, der sich erheben wird, um die Nationen anzuführen, und dabei eine Ära des Friedens verspricht. I felt the huge claims he was making it the book were not supported by evidence at all times. His purpose and that of In the Shadow of the Sword: the Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World is to show how Islam did not spring unaided from the depths of the desert. Schmecken deutsche oder österreichische Tomaten anders als holländische? The early history of Arabian Peninsula and the elements of Muslim faith most certainly are not.
He has written many books, both fiction and non-fiction, on many subjects from vampires to history. The book starts with the founding of Rome and how it was able to rule the known world to the how and why Rome failed. They began as record-keepers, scribes, bureaucrats and organizers. Auch dass Holland die Herausbildung des Islams nicht auf Mohammed beschränkt, sondern auf die umayyadische und abbasidische Zeit ausdehnt, gesteht ihm Weidner als nicht falsch zu. I found that the author was too critical of the actions of Muslims. We start with an account of a Jewish ruler in Yemen losing h An interesting if somewhat frustrating account of the 7th century rise of Islam which seeks to explain how the Arabs exploded onto the map and established a global empire in the span of a generation. Humanity throughout its history has left bits of information scattered across the world through all sorts of environments and in a variety of forms and mediums.
Kind of like today: bureaucrats don't necessarily care which party is in power. Its an honour to get a serious scholar like Tom Holland actually researching the history of the Muslims and presenting theories that help fill out many gaps in the known Muslim history. I think Muslims have to rise to the challenge again. Holland bringt sie nun zusammen: die äußere Geschichte der Kriege zwischen dem römischen und dem persischen Großreich bis hin zu den dramatischen Entscheidungen des siebten Jahrhunderts - und die innere Geschichte des Ringens der Erlösungsreligionen und ihrer Priester, der Bischöfe, Rabbis und Mowbeds, um die Herzen der Gläubigen und die Alleinherrschaft im Reich der Transzendenz. It recounts the birth of the three great Abrahamic religions in late-antiquity, but predictably, given the current intellectual climate, it's his musings on the third, Islam, that has attracted the most ire.
If you are familiar with these topics and primarily interested in more information about the history of the Muslim faith as promised by the title, then you'll need to keep looking. The time of Muhammad, Prophet of The mists of history leave a lot of questions unanswered for those brave souls who seek the source where everything comes from. When it comes to a history of Arabia from the sixth through eighth centuries there are really only two options available to us. In hardback it is 'In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Arab Global Empire. Finally after roughly 250 or pages or so he turns to the emergence of Islam and the Arab empire. The scope of this book is very broad - Holland attempts to show the links early Islam has with the other religions it came into contact with: Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity in particular, and how these religions influenced the hadith and the Qu'ran itself. If you can get the audio version read by Steven Crossley, he delivers Holland's prose with deft flair that made the slow, draggy parts seem less so.
Heraclius' victory and strategic abilities seem even more amazing than they did before, and it's even more tragic that the Arabs trounced the east soon after. Er hat zahlreiche Auszeichnungen erhalten, u. Lutz Berger zeigt auf der Grundlage neuester Forschungen, wie sich in der Konkurrenz monotheistischer Erlösungsreligionen von Mekka aus eine arabische Spielart mit eigenem Propheten und heiligem Buch verbreitete und die zersplitterte arabische Halbinsel befriedete. I studied Byzantine history as I, but not Tom Holland, call it in university and am endlessly fascinated by the Byzantines and the world around them. I found it lacking in facts and very heavy on the author's own opinions. After hearing an interview with the author, I decided to read this, not out of any particular interest in Islam, but because of my curiosity for the origins of things. But well done to Holland for venturing off the beaten path.
Holland doesn't dispute the historical personage of Muhammad, but he does move the Prophet's base of operation out of Mecca which makes complete sense. Holland, Tom Tom Holland, geboren 1968, studierte in Cambridge und Oxford Geschichte. They were, compared to Rome etc, generally well-treated and sometimes rose to power though some Shahs would decide to crack down on them from time to time - Pgs 146-147: Interesting section on the founding of Constantinople emphasizing its insecurities and need to be legitimate in the face of the long pedigree of Rome. In doing so, he often left this reader confused about the timeline. I especially lacked knowledge of the near east during this time.
Holland's explanation for the rise of Islam, built on the backs of preceding religions and empires and heavily influenced by them is fascinating and deeply-researched. Like both men, Holland reaches for the stars only to see them snatched from his grasp and then dangled again for him to stretch out to them with itchy fingers. So I was grateful for that but this book was wholly inefficient in that regard. The ending is really the weakness because you eventually realize that the book isn't building to anything noteworthy. Aber von Anfang an stellten sich heikle Fragen: Wer war ein legitimer Kalif? Ausgehend von den legendenumrankten Lebensbeschreibungen des Propheten, schildert der Autor das politische Wirken Mohammeds und der Kalifen bis zur Gründung Bagdads im Jahre 762. That review struck me at the time as having a more political agenda than its author was prepared to admit, and now, having read Holland's book I feel sure of it.
Das ist Tom Holland gelungen. Jahrhundert, dass die Araber eine weltgeschichtliche Revolution herbeiführen würden. Ein großartiges und packendes Porträt der julisch-claudischen Dynastie, die die römische Welt grundlegend verwandelte. An interesting book, but you will likely learn much more about pre-Islamic Persia and Byzantium than about early Islam. Holland remedies that with this exhaustive look at the forces that helped to create modern Islam.