'Abd al-Malik, who came to promience during the second civil war of early Islam, ruled the Islamic empire from 692 until 705. Not only did he successfully suppress rebellion within the Muslim world and expand its frontiers, but in many respects he founded the empire itself. By about 700, the forms of a new realm which stretched from North Africa in the west to Iran in the east had taken clear shape with 'Abd al-Malik at its head.
This book covers the beginnings and rise to power of this immensely influential caliph, as well as his religious policies and innovations, (including the Dome of the Rock, the oldest surviving monumental building erected by the Muslims), his fiscal, administrative and military reforms, and finally, his legacy for later Muslims.
"Any reader, whether coming to 'Abd al-Malik for the first time or already familiar with some of the evidence and literature pertaining to him, will find this book rewarding."
– International Journal of Middle East Studies
"This book is great. It combines crystal-clear writing with original and tightly argued ideas. Some of the more complex issues of early Islamic history are (seemingly) effortlessly elucidated for the benefit of students and scholars alike."
– Adam Silverstein - Lecturer in Islamic History, Oxford University