Soft spoken, calm and a leading authority on Islam, Carole Hillenbrand is a Professor of Islamic History at both Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities. Her new book, Islam: A New Historical Introduction aims to allow readers to gain a sensitive understanding of the essential tenets of the religion and of the many ways in which the present is shaped by the past.
The author’s hour long event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival was the perfect split between highlights from her book and questions from the eager audience. I thought this event would be too much of a niche interest but interestingly it sold out. We can’t