Aldershot, Hants ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate/Variorum, c2004 (2009 printing)
lv, 465 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Surrounded on all sides by hostile nations and peoples, Islam began life as a religion in a wary manner. This collection begins and ends with war and considers the uneasy relationship between the Arabs and the Byzantine civilization from which they learned a great deal during uneasy periods of peace.