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in response to reader comment: The Military Roots of Islam

Submitted by Pied Piper (Saudi Arabia), Dec 2, 2011 at 10:26

@ John G Spethman MD

"The Military Roots of Islam" is not a book, which is why you're having a hard time finding it online using the usual book-search tools.

It's an essay which appeared in the periodical called "HISTORICALLY SPEAKING" the bulletin of the Historical Society. The specific issue it appeared in was the June 2003 issue, volume 4, number 5.

Where you can get a copy of that issue, I 'm not sure. I imagine you can contact the Historical Society at http://www.bu.edu/historic/about.html , and order a back copy (probably not for free) or become a member (also not for free) and get a copy that way, or if you work in academia, your library may have a copy or some historian you might know may have a copy you can borrow.

I don't believe the essay appears alone online for general access purposes.

However, the author of the essay (George F. Nafziger) wrote a well-received book called "Islam at War: A History" which is readily available at Amazon and which most likely contains many of the same ideas as are found in the "Military Roots of Islam" essay.


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