Islamic Empires: The Cities That Shaped Civilization: From Mecca to Dubai

Justin Marozzi (Author)

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$35.00  $32.20
Pegasus Books
Publish Date
February 04, 2020
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Justin Marozzi is a former Financial Times and Economist foreign correspondent. His previous books include South from Barbary, Tamerlane, Conqueror of the World, and The Man Who Invented History. His last book, Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood won the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize.


"Marozzi combines travel writing and history in this fluid, enriching series of vignettes about the great cities of Islamic civilization. The range and detail of Marozzi's research brings a welcome variation on the standard view of Islamic history."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A relief from the often downbeat tone of literature about the region."-- "The Economist"
"Mr. Marozzi is an accomplished and ambitious writer. His latest work is Islamic Empires, a sweeping, vibrant and often irrepressible account of the cities most emblematic of Islam since that religion was promulgated by the Prophet Muhammed in the early seventh century. The charm of this book lies in the fact that it is so obviously the adult sublimation of a boyhood passion for the lands and history of Islam. Mr. Marozzi is now 49, but his prose often has the wonderment of a young man who has devoured a shelf of books and is dying to tell everyone about the things he has read. Like an erudite magpie, he gathers material from every available source--primary texts, both religious and historical, as well as a profusion of secondary ones--and weaves it all together with dexterity."-- "Wall Street Journal"
"Outstanding. Marozzi is the most brilliant of the new generation of travel writer-historians."--William Dalrymple [praise for Justin Marozzi] "Sunday Telegraph (Books of the Year) [praise for Justin Marozzi]"
"Justin Marozzi is a precious rarity--a serious traveler who is also a real writer, with a wonderful feel for language, a gift for narrative and an enviable sensitivity and lightness of touch."--William Dalrymple [praise for Justin Marozzi] "Wall Street Journal"