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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571226647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571226641
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Here at last is a genuinely readable, genuinely responsive history of the Arabs.' Edward Said 'Splendid... history in the grand style.' New York Times"

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'Here at last is a genuinely readable, genuinely responsive history of the Arabs.' Edward Said

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Without doubt this is the best introductory book I have read on the subject of Arab history. Hourani's book is highly informative yet also very readable. The book covers Arab history over a timeline starting from pre-Islamic times right up to recent events in the 1980's and serves as a superb introduction for anyone with an interest in this area of the world. The book studies many aspects of life in detail. For those who are using this study as starting point, will find that Hourani gives them much to think about and provides many refernces for further research. The book also contains useful maps, timelines and family trees. The topic area is vast but Hourani has made skilful inrodes into it leaving the reader feeling informed about the Arab people both past and present.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gogol VINE VOICE on 14 July 2008
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This book should be (and is in some Universities) mandatory for the study of the Middle East in general and Arab peoples specifically.

Written by Albert Hourani one of the great scholars of the Middle East it is both concise and comprehensive covering centuries of history while presenting the reader with enough detail that they do not feel that they are being cheated by the author skimming over the most important events in history.

The book begins with the beginnings of the Islamic faith and the Islamic empire covering this in rather short chapters before moving onto the Abbasids. While some may feel this is a slightly inappropriate place to start (others Hitti for example, begin with pre Islamic times) It seems Hourani has taken into account much of the Western view that the Middle East has been shaped by Islam and thus, his book should begin where it begins.

The book covers matters of the politics and structure of the various Islamic empires, the culture and arts of these empires, religious sects and revolts and life both in rural areas and in the built up cities. The impact of the west and the Ottoman empire are also given extensive coverage.

While there are several respected writers on Middle Eastern history I have always personally preferred Houranis books. I have found him honest and impartial when dealing with sensitive issues of history not least modern history
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wassim on 4 Feb. 2011
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The challenge that Albert Hourani was attempting was no simple matter, however, he's had a marvellous go at it. I simply loved the way he shaped words to bring across exactly what he thought about particular subjects and where the book fails in terms of depth it certainly makes up for in the areas he aimed to cover. Hourani, rather than going for a simple chronological account of Arabian history, instead groups together certain events in a period with a theme from a sociological, cultural or political point of view.

One other thing I noticed is Hourani's style. He inserts a few nuggets in the text which are easy to miss, but which I found quite descriptive and eloquent. So whilst describing despots or tyrants he would say something like

"power is not comfortable unless it can turn itself into legitimate authority"

If you like that kind of style you will enjoy this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2001
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This is a really good grounding in the history of the region stretching from Morocco to Turkey, encompassing 1400 ish years of history. The approach is refreshing in that it concentrates on culture and society and regards historical events from that perspective, considering specific wars etc as examples of a trend rather than focussing on them to the expense of everything else. It is also written from a nicely none western perspective, with developments elsewhere in the world being regarded as incidental to the main stream of history. Overall, very very good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Herr Holz Paul on 17 Nov. 2010
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This book is packed full of information - almost too much, and therefore I think it is the type of work which needs to be re-read in order to glean the full potential from the pages. Definately a good starting point for the reader looking for an introduction to Arab and Islamic history. I was a little confused at times by the occasional and somewhat `unusual` gramatical structure on the page before me, but this is a small gripe and shouldn`t detract from the overall positive impression.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2004
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In this excellent book, Albert Hourani traces the history of the Arab people from the appearance of Islam, through the rise and fall of the caliphates and the Ottoman empire, to the colonial era of the Europeans and the creation of the nation states that now stretch from West Africa to the Gulf. He gives much insight into the development of culture, law, science and the many strands of religious thought in the region, and into the roots of some of the troubles of the present day. On finishing this book I felt better informed, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Arab world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 9 Jun. 2010
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This remarkable book talls the history of the Arab peoples from thu 7th. century to 2001.It is in 5 sections a)the making of a world-7 to 10th centuries b)Arab Muslim societies-11 to 15th centuries c)the Ottoman age -16 to 18th centuries d)the age of European empire-1800 to 1939 and e)the age of nation stated-1939 to 2002.
Every section and sub-section is well researched and written if a bit hard going at times
There are good tables,notes, bibliography and indices but the maps are poor.
The book could have been lightened up with some illustrations or pictures.
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