Preface; 1. The Islamic revolution in its environment; 2. The emergence of Abu Bakr; 3. Umar and the conquests; 4. The breakdown of the Madinan regime; 5. Mu'awiya and the second civil war; 6. The age of Hajjaj; 7. Moderate reform, radical reform and reaction: the reigns of Sulayman, 'Umar II and Yazid II; 8. Hisham: survival of the empire; 9. The collapse of the Marwanids; 10. The end of an era; Index.
Analyses the central events of the Islamic domains between the rise of the Abbasids and the Salijuq invasion.