This book undertakes a study of the impact of Islam on history: the role Islam played in the story of human progress and the loss humanity has suffered by its downfall. In the words of its English Translator, Dr. Asif Kidwai, the aim of the author has been 'to stir the Muslims into an appreciation of Islam's glorious role in the story of human progress, and to promote in them thereby, a desire to look into themselves, with a view to finding out how far they have been true to their duty and mission to the world.' The book provides an emphatic refutation of the charge that Islam has outlived its usefulness, and hence, it would be futile to look up to it for guidance in the modern context of things. It presents Islam as an eternal reality and a programme of life which can never grow obsolete. This thought-provoking study throws new light on motives, opportunities and impact of Islamic and other civilizations on the material welfare as well as spiritual progress of humanity Shaykh Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi One of the most prolific writers and original thinkers of our time, author of well over fifty books in various languages, and a scholar of rare distinction, passed into the mercy of Allah in December 1999. The Maulana was a founder member of the Muslim World League (Rabita), a member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), a member of the World Supreme Council of Mosques, and a member of the Fiqh Council of Rabita. He was also a member of Advisory Council of the Islamic University of Madinah al-Munawwarah, a member of its Supreme Council, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters of Damascus, Syria. He was also a founder member of the League of the Islamic Literature in India. Perhaps better known as the founder member and first rector of Nadwatul Ulama (India), and president of the Academy of Islamic Research and Publications. Despite the world's tremendous advances in the fields of science and technology, almost all communities have been led into wildernesses of fear, greed, loneliness, and spiritual despair. Professor Nadwi explicitly asserts that achievements of science and technology did not match humanity's moral or spiritual aspirations. Should a corresponding improvement is attained in human behavior through applying the teachings of Islam, such advances would have conferred benefits on all parties. The author, while strictly basing his work on most authentic sources, has depicted the religious, social, morall, and political state of the pre-Islamic world particularly on the eve of the prophethood of Muhammad in a concise but comprehensive manner. He has outlined the very important role played by Islam in reformulating the concept of humanity. The author has made it clear how Islam saved human societies from degradation, and civilization from disintegration and ruin. Since Islam is a faith and way of life, it inspires pioneering in all fields. Its principles could be tested and proven correct only when it assumes leadership. Details could be pursued in this invaluable book.