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A Concise History of the Arabs [Kindle Edition]

John McHugo
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'Thrilling and poignant, woven with a layered texture of knowledge and empathy that deftly stitches familiar figures into the narrative in a fresh way.' David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times, and author of Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance

'This concise, brilliant and erudite book is the product of wide reading, hard thinking and years of direct experience of the Middle East. The author has managed to throw fresh light on 1,400 years of Arab history from the Prophet Muhammad to the Arab Spring. There are lively and informative insights on almost every page.' Patrick Seale, author of Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East

'A lucid and highly readable history of the Arab peoples up to the present day. John McHugo has managed to show, with compassion, a good deal of humour and unerring historical judgement, the power of the ideas and the forces that have shaped what we now think of as the Arab world. In doing so, McHugo has provided a way of understanding this complex and ongoing story that will enlighten all who read it.' Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East

'A well-written, original and stimulating introduction to the Arab world.' Gilbert Achcar, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

'Vivid and engaging ... invaluable for those seeking to understand the depth and complexity of the contemporary issues in the Arab world.' -- Joy Gordon, author of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions

'A valuable introduction to Arab history ... Recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about the multifaceted history of the Arab world and its relevance to modern day events.' Asian Affairs

'Highly readable ... Ideal for novices, it is also a useful and exciting read for those who have read much about the area but never had the whole story summed up in a single volume.' Jordan Times

'Purposeful, insightful and tremendously useful, complete with an excellent bibliographic essay.' Kirkus

'Gets to the point with authority, insight and grace to provide the essential political contexts for understanding the ongoing developments in today s Arab world.' --History Book Club

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The key to understanding the Arab world – today and in the future – lies in unlocking its past. John McHugo unfolds centuries of political, social and intellectual development, from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. Taking the reader beyond the headlines, McHugo presents a series of turning points in Arab history: the mission of the Prophet Muhammad, the expansion of Islam, the conflicts of the medieval and modern ages, the struggles against foreign domination, the rise of Islamism, and the end of the rule of dictators. Accessible and penetrating, this concise history reveals how the Arab world has come to assume its present form and illuminates the choices that lie ahead in the wake of the Arab Spring. ‘A lucid and highly readable history of the Arab peoples up to the present day. John McHugo has managed to show, with compassion, a good deal of humour and unerring historical judgment, the power of the ideas and the forces that have shaped what we now think of as the Arab world. In doing so, McHugo has provided a way of understanding this complex and ongoing story that will enlighten all who read it.’ Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East ‘This is a concise historical survey of Arab history from the early Islamic period to our day, including Western-Arab and Western-Muslim encounters ... A well-written, original and stimulating introduction to the Arab world.’ Gilbert Achcar, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives ‘This concise, brilliant and erudite book is the product of wide reading, hard thinking and years of direct experience of the Middle East. The author, an international lawyer and Arabist, has managed to throw fresh light on 1,400 years of Arab history from the Prophet Muhammad to the Arab Spring. There are lively and informative insights on almost every page.’ Patrick Seale, author of Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East ‘Vivid and engaging … invaluable for those seeking to understand the depth and complexity of the contemporary issues in the Arab world’ Joy Gordon, author of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions ‘Even those who are familiar with the story of the Arabs will find this new history thrilling and poignant, woven with a layered texture of knowledge and empathy that deftly stitches familiar figures into the narrative in a fresh way. It is no small feat to compress the fourteen centuries from the dawn of Islam to the new Arab Awakening into such an effortless read.’ David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times, and author of Last Chance: the Middle East in the Balance

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (8 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0K6NU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty comprehensive history. 13 Aug 2013
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This history is written by someone intimately connected with the Middle East, and this is evident in the attention to detail and accuracy of the narrative. I found it a bit stodgy in parts, but persevered, and despite having spent more than thirty years myself in the Middle East, it gave me an insight into areas of their history I had previously been unaware of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arab History 9 July 2013
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`A Concise history of the Arabs' is just that - an excellent short history of how what exists in the Middle East today has developed. It does so simply and accurately in 350 pages and looks at the history and divisions within Islam and the role of western colonialism in the creation of the Arab states. It finishes with the so-called Arab Spring which itself is the start of more change and conflict and explains the basis for the conflict between Shia's and Sunni's, and between `literal' Islamists (rather than the sloppy Islamic Fundamentalists that western news agencies prefer to use) and those who want secular democracies.
It makes it clear that the Zionists elements in Israel have always wanted the whole of what was known as Palestine as a Jewish Homeland and that the frustration of the two state solution will increase tension and give birth to a Palestinian struggle to create a non-sectarian state for both Palestinians and Israeli's between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.
This book is a timely contribution to anyone who wants to understand what is happening throughout the Middle East today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history if the Arabs 21 May 2014
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Essential reading for everyone today as the Sunni and Shia divide affects all of us - an excellent study thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Factual account of the Arabs in the Middle East 20 April 2014
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There is an almost bewiIdering number of books on the Arabs, but I bought this one because it was the most recent. In fact there is little on the present situation, though more on what led to it. Nonetheless, this is a scholarly and indeed concise history of a vast period of time. The author is mainly concerned with 'the areas east of the Mediterranean, south of the Taurus mountains and north and west of the deserts and steppes of the Arabian Peninsula ', and with the lack of understanding on the part of the West, in particular the U.S.
If possible, I would recommend prospective purchasers to read the Preface. McHugo makes it clear that the book is not a cultural or sociological history. I would have liked those aspects to be covered, and think I will have to read another book which covers them.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Concise? 13 Feb 2014
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This book seems to go into incredible detail about every person and happening around the arab world. Personally I would have
preferred a concise history - an overview. For anyone wanting to know the details of every move made in and around this part
of the world will no doubt be satisfied. The two cultures of arab and the western world seem to be at loggerheads from the beginning up to the present day. Both sides have, and have had, a lot to offer civilization yet both sides have produced some appalling behaviour. The greed for war and political power is depressing as is the mis-use of religious fervour.
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