Arabs in History

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OUP Oxford, Mar 14, 2002 - History - 256 pages
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`Whoever lives in our country, speaks our language, is brought up in our culture and takes pride in our glory is one of us.' Thus ran a declaration of modern leaders of Arab states. But what exactly is an Arab, and what has been their place in the course of human history? In this well-established classic, Professor Lewis examines the key issues of Arab development - their identity, the national revival which cemented the creation of the Islamic state, and the social and economic pressures that destroyed the Arab kingdom and created the Islamic empire. He analyses the forces which contributed to that empire's eventual decline, and the effects of growing Western influence. Today, with the Arab world facing profound social and political challenges, it constitutes an essential introduction to the Arabs and their history.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Arabia Before Islam
15
2 Muhammad and the Rise of Islam
32
3 The Age of the Conquests
47
4 The Arab Kingdom
65
5 The Islamic Empire
84
6 The Revolt of Islam
107
7 The Arabs in Europe
125
8 Islamic Civilization
142
9 The Arabs in Eclipse
157
10 The Impact of the West
180
Chronological Table
209
Notes
217
Guide to Further Reading
220
Index
225
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Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, and Long-Term Member of the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton University. He has published numerous books on the Middle East, including, The Assassins, Race and Slavery in the Middle East: A Historical Enquiry, and The Middle East.

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