I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books I read during the late 90s. I believed the details of the story were that it spanned hundreds of years and followed the rise and fall of empires that were in part Middle Eastern influenced. Also I think some of the characters were particularly long lived. Anyone have any thoughts or possible suggestions?

  • rojomoke was able to answer my question. Thanks.
    – D. Pham
    Mar 10, 2016 at 17:59

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This could be Glen Cook's "Dread Empire" series, where two immortals play a very long-term game with the peoples of the world, subtly influencing them in various ways to score points off each other. One of them causes a desert nomad to become a fanatical Prophet, sparking a whole new militant religion obviously based on Islam.

  • Yes, that's it! I remember now I had just finish reading some of the Black Company and picked up the Dread Empire books because I became a fan of Glen Cook. Thanks so much! This has been bugging me for weeks. You're awesome!
    – D. Pham
    Mar 10, 2016 at 17:43
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    Mar 10, 2016 at 21:42

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