A sociopolitical historian of the early Islamic Near East, Gordon introduces high-school and undergraduate students to the early history of Islam, from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to the collapse of the Islamic Empire in the early 10th century. In a mixture of narrative and analysis of particular topics, he emphasizes the social and political aspects, and generally refers readers to fuller accounts for the teachings and practice of Islam. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The Rise of Islam is a concise, edifying and entertaining monograph. . . . [I] would recommend The Rise of Islam both to those who have a casual interest in the development of Islam and also to students who have begun studying Islamic history and want to read a work that presents the history in a flowing, colorful fashion.