A History of the Arab Peoples: With a New Afterword

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Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010 - History - 565 pages
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Upon its publication in 1991, Albert Hourani's masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization, and became both a bestseller and an instant classic. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally shaped the Arab world.

Now this seminal book is available in an expanded second edition. Noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven brings the story up to date from the mid-1980s, including such events as the Gulf War; civil unrest in Algeria; the change of leadership in Syria, Morocco, and Jordan; and the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001.

The terrorist attacks in the United States, ongoing crisis in Iraq, and renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians all underscore the need for a balanced and well-informed understanding of the Arab world, and make this insightful history of the Arab peoples more important than ever.

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Engaging and informative history writing. - Goodreads
Hard to read as a non-adherent. - Goodreads
... a nice overview of Arab/Muslim history... - Goodreads
Hourani is a gifted writer and scholar. - Goodreads
... really good overview over the general history. - Goodreads
Great intro to a complicated topic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

read it during undergrad. really good overview over the general history. writing style is not really involving but information wise a treasure. Read full review

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User Review  - Rachael MacLean - Goodreads

Hourani is a little bit of an old guard of historian, who tend to pay more attention to the government and the "center" than social movements, but he's a REALLY GOOD old guard historian and, even if ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Albert Hourani was Emeritus Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford. He died in 1993.

Malise Ruthven is a former editor with the BBC Arabic Service and World Service in London and is the author of Islam in the World and Islam: A Very Short Introduction.

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