This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images. It’s the most beautiful book I’ve read in a very long time. Superbly reproduced photos are embedded in the text, instead of being crammed into a plate section. Images stir the imagination when mere words cannot. The Arab Conquests resembles a travel book; the reader travelling through space and time. One perfect photo shows present day Bedouin tribesmen in a camel caravan crossing the Jordanian desert. It’s easy to imagine an identical scene 1,400 years ago. The timeless quality of Islamic history is instantly driven home.