The Origins Of The Islamic State by Al-Baladhuri
This book is a translation of the al-Balashuri’s “Futuh al-Buldan”. who is considered one of Islams pre eminant Historians. Al Baladhuri was one of the cheif authorities for the period during which the Arab state was in process of formation. This is an important non orientalist work, and al Balashuri uses chains of narration in his work, so that the source is very much part of this historic work. The book covers the formation of the Arabic State , from Medina to the Maghreb, to Andalusia, Persia, Sicily, Rhodes and Crete by the Early Arabs.