Khalifah [NOOK Book]

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A forced Muslim convert defies all odds to become the supreme ruler of an empire that stretches from Egypt to Persia in this drama which pits Arab against Arab during the Muslims' rise to power in the seventh century AD.

Through his memorable characters, John Elray exposes the inner workings of a movement whose conquests rivaled those of the Romans and whose influence on modern day life spans the globe. The author takes you on a captivating ...
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Khalifah

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Overview

A forced Muslim convert defies all odds to become the supreme ruler of an empire that stretches from Egypt to Persia in this drama which pits Arab against Arab during the Muslims' rise to power in the seventh century AD.

Through his memorable characters, John Elray exposes the inner workings of a movement whose conquests rivaled those of the Romans and whose influence on modern day life spans the globe. The author takes you on a captivating journey back in time, delving into the mystery of the people, places, and customs of Islam in this true-to-life tale of passion and deceit. A timeless story which will thrill and entertain you.

Mu'awiya is the son of the most vehement foe of the Prophet Muhammad. Amid the treachery, war, and political intrigue that follow the Prophet's death, Mu'awiya embarks on a thirty year odyssey to redeem his family's name and realize his ambition to be a leader in the new order. His modest hopes for a governorship soon seem unattainable, hampered by the lurking hatred of a former enemy determined to resurrect age-old blood feuds. Mu'awiya's fortunes take an unexpected upturn when he falls in love with a beautiful young Bedouin woman, captured as a slave and later freed, and marries her against his father's will. But in the turmoil of Islam's infancy, assassination of the Khalifah triggers a gripping onrush of events which catapult Mu'awiya into a battle against the heirs of the Prophet for control of the fledgling empire.
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Editorial Reviews

Henry Berry
Elray writes a colorful and informative historical novel about the beginnings of Islam whose publication is timely considering the turn in world affairs. Both readers of popular historical fiction and those newly interested in Middle Eastern society will find Elray's novel rewarding.
Paul Vogel
John Elray's riveting historical novel, Khalifah, is a compelling fable of star-crossed love, clashing faith, and the rise and fall of empires. A powerful, fascinating story - superbly written, totally engaging from start to finish, and enthusiastically recommended.
Eileen O'Donnell
Elray employs magnificent imagery to depict the brutality of war and the harsh realities of desert life. Khalifah sweeps you across a landscape as unforgiving as those who vie to control it.
Beverly Rowe
The action begins on the first page and never stops. Khalifah is a very well written story, with colorful characters, a well developed plot, and wildfire action that will keep you glued to the page way past bedtime.
Suzanne Crane
Elray …excellently convey(s) not only the atrocities and duplicities committed by mankind in the name of any cause, especially religion and self, but also the culture of the medieval Middle East and the tenants of a budding Islamic religion.
Henry Berry
Elray writes a colorful and informative historical novel about the beginnings of Islam whose publication is timely considering the turn in world affairs. Both readers of popular historical fiction and those newly interested in Middle Eastern society will find Elray's novel rewarding.
Paul Vogel
John Elray's riveting historical novel, Khalifah, is a compelling fable of star-crossed love, clashing faith, and the rise and fall of empires. A powerful, fascinating story - superbly written, totally engaging from start to finish, and enthusiastically recommended.
Eileen O'Donnell
Elray employs magnificent imagery to depict the brutality of war and the harsh realities of desert life. Khalifah sweeps you across a landscape as unforgiving as those who vie to control it.
Beverly Rowe
The action begins on the first page and never stops. Khalifah is a very well written story, with colorful characters, a well developed plot, and wildfire action that will keep you glued to the page way past bedtime.
Suzanne Crane
Elray …excellently convey(s) not only the atrocities and duplicities committed by mankind in the name of any cause, especially religion and self, but also the culture of the medieval Middle East and the tenants of a budding Islamic religion.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011909375
  • Publisher: Aardwolfe Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 798,064
  • File size: 853 KB

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