history of Islam

Books

Europe and the Islamic World, by John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and Henry Laurens

Europe and the Islamic World is a grandly ambitious attempt to sketch the interaction of faiths and regions from the seventh century to the present.

Books

The Oxford History of Islam, edited by John L. Esposito

If you're looking for a scholarly one-volume history of Islam that is comprehensive, richly illustrated and designed to be readable, this is one of the best.