A History of the Arab Peoples has ratings and reviews. Mike said: For some reason unbeknownst to me I have a fascination with the history of th. Upon its publication in , Albert Hourani’s masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization. Now this seminal book is available in an. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally.

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Edward Said Narrated by: I began this book because I felt I lacked a great deal of knowledge regarding the cultural history that makes this area so important in political life today. Ruthven suggests that while Hourani can hardly have been expected to predict in detail the massive arqb that have shaken the Arab world recently he would not have been entirely surprised, given the persistence of the kin-patronage networks he describes in his book and the challenges now posed to them by a new media-aware generation of dissatisfied youth.

All in all, it was a peaceful balance. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine By: Book ratings by Goodreads.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The Balkans, Misha Glenny. A sober, factual account that leaves nothing out and little unanswered. Algert this seminal book is available in an expanded second edition. Somehow he managed to stay clinically unbiased which I think is rare.

Mike’s Place Jack Baxter. Tom Holland Narrated by: Admirable breadth The book offers an admirable sweep of the Arab world’s history. How did the narrator detract from the book?


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As an adult, Hourani converted to Christianity. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Unfortunately, despite the clear voice and exact narration by the narrator, she was sort of monotonous, and sometimes houani stops talking for no apparent reason!

Publisher’s Summary Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West.

Hourani has been criticised for downplaying the violence, racism and misogyny of some Arab-Islamic societies, but Ruthven’s contribution helps to restore the balance, making this a splendid general history of the Arab world from the life of Muhammad to the Facebook-using young activists who gathered in Tahrir Square calling for change.

From the great Caliphates to modern nation states, from to these ins Never have I changed the status of a book from ‘reading’ to ‘read’ with such a sense of relief and some accomplishment.

Tracing five centuries of Arab history, Rogan reveals that there was an age when the Arabs set the rules for the rest of the world. The book ends in a discussion of late twentieth century Arabic socio-political culture that suggests reasons for the stability of regimes like Hussein’s, Assad’s or Mubarrak’s, despite attempts at more broadly participatory politics earlier; he ends up pointing out how weak this regimes might actually be, a tantalizing indication of the Arab Spring.

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Agency lies with the Arab world with Europe the usual centre of world histories only appearing from time to time until the age of the great European empires.


Hourani sets up these ideas as a prelude to our current time, when all these foundations collide with modern day politics, economics, massive population growth and demand for resources to create a perfect storm of potential conflict in a part of the world that holds spiritual traditions and coveted material resources for most of the planet.

Some of the highlights: Guests of the Ayatollah Mark Bowden. It was surprisingly urban especially compared to medieval Europe, perhaps even comparable to medieval Chinaand it produced many great cities.

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People who bought this also teh. This is not a book for the faint of heart. Apr 13, Liz Polding rated it it was amazing.

Often, a revolt or uprising is mentioned, with no context and no other information. However, whatever it lacks in excitement it totally makes up for in raw information. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The text offers an overall positive outlook of the Arab peoples’ accomplishments through the centuries – critics may argue: Hourani covers the history of Arabic zlbert peoples from Hlstory to the mid’s, right after America occupies Lebanon.