The History of The Saracens. Comprising The Lives of Mohammed And His Successors, To The Death of Abdalmalik, The Eleventh Caliph, With An Account of Their Most Remarkable Battles, Sieges, Revolts & C. Collected From Authentic Sources, Especially Arabic MSS.

Ockley, Simon.

Book ID: 7105


8vo. xxviii, 512 pp., frontispiece steel engraving portrait of the prophet Mohammed, contemporary blindstamped green cloth, title gilt on spine, library book plate verso front cover, occasional foxing, Henry G. Bohn, London, fourth edition, 1847.


Ockley’s originality lay in his use of historical texts by Muslim authors. Apart from his use of ” Futuh al-Sham” for the years 11/632 to 35/655, Ockley turned to several essential Arabic historical sources. This work helped to reshape the Medieval Christian view of early Islamic history which was still prevalent at the time of publication.
The account covers the economic, social and intellectual development of the Arab world from the earliest times to the destruction of Baghdad, and the the defeat of the Arabs in Spain . It also presents an overall depiction of the history of the Arabic great empires, the Crusades, and the political and spiritual conflicts of the two cultures.

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