Summary and Info
As stated in the Editorial Book Reviews, this book proposes to rewrite the details of the history of the Arab conquest of Iran. The author has taken a very detailed look at all the information available for the era, including recently published coin and seal data. Based on this she, identifies lineage, names and durations of the Kings/Queens, primary advisors and generals of the Sassanian empire immediately prior to and during the Arab conquest.From this she then correlates the timing and leadership with the Arab records of the conquest. This results in a significant change in the dates of the early battles, which has implications for early Islamic history (which the book does not address).The book is well written and very well referenced. It provides the first clear look at a previously very unclear time in Persian history.I am certain that people will argue about the logic and accuracy of the work as there is a large amount of new conclusions and understandings. To my reading the book makes sense and overall makes a fairly compelling case. I however am not a historian.