'In the super-complex literature on the history of Armenia and the Caucasus, Vacca’s work is both the best general introduction and a significant contribution to on-going debates.'
Source: Journal of Islamic Studies
'Alison Vacca makes a fascinating case for Sasanian, and possibly Arsacid/Parthian, legacies in matters of administrative geography, frontier culture, religious policy, mechanisms of control, treaties, and taxation in the historiography of the tenth-century Iranian intermezzo in the sub-Caucasus region, and makes the important points that legacy is not necessarily actual continuity, that the Sasanian legacy consisted of how they were remembered, and that the use of Sasanian-period texts by tenth century authors as models to describe caliphal rule encouraged a perception of continuity.'
Michael Morony - Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
'Alison Vacca has produced an exciting, ambitious, and groundbreaking investigation that unfurls across a massive cross-cultural canvas. Deploying a bold interdisciplinary approach grounded in an impressive array of sources, this is the most important monograph on early Islamic Caucasia since Ter-Ghewondyan’s Arab Emirates in Bagratid Armenia. It will immediately establish itself as a ‘go to’ book not only for Armenologists and Caucasiologists but also specialists of Sasanian Iran, the early Islamic world, and Byzantium.'
Stephen Rapp, Jr - Professor of Eurasian History, Sam Houston State University