The Arab World: An Illustrated History

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Hippocrene Books, 2004 - History - 293 pages
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This account presents the panoramic experience of the Arab peoples, whose world has expanded from the Arabian Peninsula to include North Africa, the Levant, and the Persian Gulf. The narrative depicts the rise of Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and the empire founded by his successors, which encompassed the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Following this empire's fragmentation circa AD 900, Central Asian rulers controlled the Arab world. Ultimately, the age of European dominance produced the modern Middle Eastern and North American states. The author concludes with an analysis of present-day challenges facing the Arab nations.
 

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Contents

The Arabs in Antiquity
1
The Rise of Islam a d 610661
23
Islam Law and the State
63
North Africa Sicily and Spain
73
The Struggle
91
Society Culture and the Life of the Mind
111
The Ottoman Age 15171798
129
The Arab
153
Arab Nationalism
179
The Contemporary World
201
Reflections Present and Future
243
Glossary of Arabic Terms
265
Bibliography
271
Index
281
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About the author (2004)

Kirk H Sowel received his bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School. He spent a year studying at the University of Jordan in Amman as a recipient of the National Security Educational Program scholarship. Sowell is a freelance writer on legal and international affairs.

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