“The impression of the author left by reading Dr. Crone’s work is that of a clever undergraduate at a student debate, intent to win on the points at issue, but neither over-careful in interpreting the historical sources, nor with any scruples at twisting what has already been said, to make it fit her argument. Her book may gain her the publicity it is clearly designed to do, but it will in no way advance our understanding of early Islamic origins.”
Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam: Misconceptions and Flawed Polemics, Review by: R. B. Serjeant, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 110, No. 3 (Jul. – Sep., 1990), p. 486.