I have this a 5 star review as I appreciate the great work of Imam Tawhidi. I found it hard to read as a non Arab and non Muslim. My difficulties were simply with the familiarity of the Arab and Islam culture and names. I also dislike all religions and again found it hard to read due to that. In saying this I must say that reading this book that I was sufficiently educated in the history of Islam and found that I was able to form an accurate view on the various aspects of Islam particularly the difference between Sunni and Shia. Overall it pained me to read this as religion is a topic that I despise but I must say that it is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the basics and history of Islam and to help you to form a view of the problems and possible solutions to problems caused by the gross incompatibility of Islam as it relates to other religions and the great western cultures.
This book provided excellent educational information about the formation of Islam, including the historical actions of Caliphs. It also gives much information that Muslims as well as Non-Muslims can use to aid the community.