Great Muslim Army Commanders


Volume 1

This is the first volume of five dealing with the Great Army Commanders of Islamic History.
This volume focuses on the early generals, beginning with Khalid ibn al Waleed (Walid), ‘Amr ibn al ‘As (the Conqueror of Egypt), and ‘Uqba ibn Na’fi’. The work then looks at the exploits of the conquerors of Spain: Musa ibn Nusayr and Tarik Ibn Zyad. Then it chronicles the Muslim advance in the East as commanded by the Umayyad Viceroy, Al Hajjaj, and carried out by his generals, Mohammed ibn Qasim and Qutayba. The Muslim advance in India by Mahmud of Ghazna is also dealt with here. This volume ends with the valorous deeds of Abd Errahman III and Ibn Abi Amir (Al Mansur) of Muslim Spain.

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Volume 2

During the 12th and 13th centuries the Muslim world faced two of the most formidable challenges: a crusader onslaught from the west and a devastating Mongol assault from the east.
The Muslim world was divided with local princes fighting each other, and alongside sectarian lines, with the Fatimids openly allying themselves with the Crusaders.
It is in this context that came forth four of the most formidable figures of Islamic history: Imad Eddin Zangi and his son, Nur Eddin; Salah Eddin and Baybars. Their lives and deeds are examined in this volume.

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Volume 3

The first half of this work focuses on two great figures of Muslim Spanish history: Ibn Tashfin and Abu Yusuf Ya’qub al Mansur. It shows that these remarkable army leaders and state builders not only prolonged the life of Muslim Spain by about a century and half, by doing so, they also blocked the Christian advance, which was aiming at recapturing Spain and then riding through North Africa before forming junction with the Crusader East.
The second half looks at the deeds of three formidable Ottoman sultans: Othman, the founder of the Dynasty; Bayazid, the victor at Nicopolis (1396), possibly one of the greatest fighters of Islam ever; and finally Mohammed II, the conqueror.
This volume, like others, includes maps.

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Volume 4

During the early modern times (roughly the so-called Renaissance Period) (began late 15th century), Western Christendom attained much higher levels of power and sophistication including militarily. Its medieval crusading fervour had hardly abated, though.
In the vast conflict which opposed Islam and Christendom by land and sea, some territories in particular: North Africa and the Holy Sites of Makkah and Madinah became particularly threatened.
It was at this particular junction that arose a number of Muslim army leaders of incomparable stature: Kheir Eddin Barbarossa, Selim I, and Sultan Abd al Malek are amongst such figures. To them and others this volume is dedicated.
As in other works by this author, maps and pictures play an essential role.

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