The transformation of a vast area - from central Spain to the delta
of the Indus and from the Sahara desert and the Indian Ocean to the
Mediterranean, the Caucasus, the Central Asian deserts, and the
Hindu Kush - into a land controlled by Islam was accomplished
within roughly a century. The traditions of this world were many
and diverse, and the historical, political, religious, social and
art-historical threads of these varied influences are woven... more...