At the Center of a Roiling World

Peter Brown of the New York Review of Books reviews The Crucible of Islam by Glen Bowersock, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies. Of the book, Brown writes, "We look into the depths of the crucible itself, to seize, in a true historical perspective, the 'molten ingredients' that came to form Islam. . . . Part of the joy of reading this account of the background and emergence of early Islam is the knowledge that Bowersock has built it from solid stones, the weight of every one of which he has tested with his own critical mind."

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