PositiveLibrary JournalReaders with interest in the history of Christianity, theology, or apologetics will find this book useful.
PositiveLibrary JournalGiven that so many books have been written about the prophet Muhammad and early Islam, one might wonder if a new account could provide any fresh insights. Cole...does just that by focusing on the key but underemphasized theme of peacemaking that runs throughout the Qur\'an and in light of its historical context, providing a unique perspective on the prophet and the emergence of Islam during his lifetime ... Will be useful to readers interested in early Islam while offering a valuable contribution to scholarly literature.
David I. Kertzer
PositiveLibrary JournalDuring his final years, the Pope was still a religious leader, but his political authority did not extend beyond papal grounds. After detailing his popularity and eventual exile, Kertzer recounts how Pius guided his key Catholic leaders, after they had returned to Rome, to reinstate full papal rule there and punish those who turned against him ... Readers interested in religious history or specifically Catholic religious history, will find this book to be an excellent resource.