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
Great intro to a complicated topic. - Goodreads
... really good overview over the general history. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jeffrey Franklin Barken - Goodreads

No question this book offers a good overview of Arab culture and Middle Eastern history. There are many names and it is difficult to keep track of the different timelines across different regions of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jacob Hess - Goodreads

Comprehensive is the only word that describes the brilliance of Hourani's A History of Arab Peoples. The commanding work wanders throughout the Arab region telling his readers a story while informing ... Read full review

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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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