Justin Marozzi is a former Financial Times and Economist foreign correspondent. His previous books include South from Barbary, Tamerlane, Conqueror of the World, and The Man Who Invented History. His last book, Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood won the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize.
"Marozzi combines travel writing and history in this fluid,
enriching series of vignettes about the great cities of Islamic
civilization. The range and detail of Marozzi's research brings a
welcome variation on the standard view of Islamic history." --
"Justin Marozzi is a precious rarity-a serious traveler who is also a real writer, with a wonderful feel for language, a gift for narrative and an enviable sensitivity and lightness of touch." -- William Dalrymple [praise for Justin Marozzi]
"Outstanding. Marozzi is the most brilliant of the new generation of travel writer-historians." -- Sunday Telegraph (Books of the Year) [praise for Justin Marozzi]