The Arabs: A Short History

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Regnery Publishing, Oct 1, 1996 - History - 273 pages
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From the ancient cultures of the Middle East have sprung three of the world's major religions, outstanding accomplishments in literature and science, and seemingly never-ending conflict - compounded now not only by geopolitics, but by the international hunger for oil and the web of global terrorism.

But who are the Arabs, these remarkable people who have accomplished so much and who continue to both fascinate and confront the West?

Philip K. Hitti's eloquent short history is an acknowledged classic offering the best and quickest grasp of Arab history and culture.

Now with a new introduction by renowned MIT historian, Philip Khoury.
  

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I think this was a really good general overview, but obviously not very thorough. Great for a beginner like me. Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

I wanted to know more about the history of the Arab people and was lucky enough to find this book at Books At A Steal. It was chock full of facts, difficult names to pronounce, and some oddly worded ... Read full review

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Contents

Arabs Moslems and Semites
1
The Original Arab the Bedouin
9
On the Eve of the Rise of Islam
21
Muhammad The Prophet of Allah
30
The Book and the Faith
42
Islam on the March
56
The Caliphate
71
Conquest of Spain
80
Science and Literature
140
The Fine Arts
154
Jewel of the World
162
Contributions to the West
174
The Cross Supplants the Crescent
193
The Crusades
219
The Last Dynasty
238
The Arab Lands in the Modern World
252

Social and Cultural Life Makes a Start
94
The Glory That Was Baghdad
105
The Life of the People
122

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About the author (1996)

Born in Lebanon, Philip K. Hitti was educated at the American University of Beirut and at Columbia University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia in 1915, two years after he had settled in the United States. In 1925, following a number of years of teaching at Columbia and at American University of Beirut, he accepted an appointment at Princeton University, where he remained until his retirement in 1954. He became the first director of Princeton's Near Eastern Studies Program. Hitti translated, wrote, and lectured extensively about the Arab world and Islamic civilization. A leading authority in the United States on Arabic and Islamic studies, he promoted and popularized Arabic studies in American educational institutions for nearly half a century. His most famous work is History of the Arabs, published in 1937, today considered a standard in the field.

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