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From the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750, the world saw a rapid and unprecedented expansion of the faith of Islam. How and why did this happen? How did this untrained army of the faithful conquer almost all of the Middle East? Why was the faith of Islam so appealing to the numerous conquered cultures of the area? This critically important history, unknown to most Americans, is important if we are to understand the Middle East today. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with HUGH KENNEDY, Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St. Andrews about his book THE GREAT ARAB CONQUESTS: HOW THE SPREAD OF ISLAM CHANGED THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.