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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Jan 22, Andre rated it really liked it. One reason this is a good buy it that it merits more than one listen.

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But, while it makes regular mention of non-muslims, and overviews how the groups related, the history begins with the birth of Islam. On top of this, Khaldun believed that every ruling structure bore within itself the seeds of its own decline as power would ultimately corrupt one group and then pass to another group with this common core solidarity.

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Disappointing a bit stiff for me – little colour or added value analysis – juts a linear history read in a dour tone with author careful not to challenge any sensitivities 1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

These bloody events echoed an older political rift: Hourani has answered many questions for me. As far as content goes, Hourani does an excellent job of mitigating the potential pitfalls of attempting to cover such a vast topic. Rise and Kill First Ronen Bergman. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Great book, sympathetically read. Lauded by authorities, encyclopedic and panoramic in its scope, here is a remarkable window on today’s conflicts and on the future of a glorious and troubled land.

Little time is wasted on personalities or the idiosyncracies of the many pro-Ottoman governments that peoplew the power of the Abbasids; Hourani’s main interests are history’s great structural forces, atab, intellectual history, geopolitics and economics; one of the best chapters is on the geography of the Middle East and a sensitivity to this feeds in nicely to later chapters on, say, how Morocco stayed out of the Ottoman Empire.

On top of this, to define Islam, or pin it down to one specific meaning, is laid out as close to impossible, yet this common identity with multiple manifestations also accounts for its longevity. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Hourani, does the arab peoples a disservice by placing their origen at the 7th century.


Unfortunately, despite the clear voice and exact narration by the narrator, she was sort of monotonous, and sometimes she stops talking for no apparent reason! Did it make you laugh or cry?

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Definitely something worthy of multiple listens. Another fascinating relationship was between hoourani religious leaders the ulama and secular authorities. God’s Wolf Jeffrey Lee. He looks at all sides of this rich and venerable civilization: The next point, and this was a shock to me, Hourani completely whitewashes the Palestinian Nakba. Hourani gives us differing versions of stories surrounding the prophet’s early angelic visitation, explains why many Hadiths may not be reliable accounts of Muhammads life and explores the probable links between Sufism tbe Eastern monasticism.

Jason Goodwin Narrated by: As a point of departure, Hourani acknowledges the Muslim historian Khaldun as shaping the paradigm of his writing. The Ottomans, Europeans, Americans etc come and go yet Hourani is far more interested in the development of Arab poetry than the conquerors. He mentions a few hundred thousand Palestinians become refugees, but doesn’t mention any of the terror, the violence, the death brought about by Zionist policy, outlined, for instance, in Plan Dalet.

In this definitive history of the modern Arab world, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on Arab sources and texts to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context for the first time.

A History of the Arab Peoples

Frank Mill Cree, Washington Liberal Western commentators often see Islam as an incredibly misogynistic tradition and that certainly has some bearing in social practices we see today but this is more of a cultural issue than an issue of a convention of violent oppression of women: You must have a keen interest in Arabic history and be willing houranu listen to a text book style read.

Jumping into this book and trying to read it through would be like trying to educate a young Swahili student on the history of the American Revolution.

One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization – until now. Arab history is full of religion that we know little about, and also full of people and places that we have never heard of. This means, essentially, that none of his facts or statistics or First, a preliminary comment warranted by any oc of this size and magnitude, there is something overwhelming about engaging in the entire history of a people in one book.

Its political impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbors in the Middle East but also throughout the world.


I’m always impressed by scholars who can write these grand synthetic histories that draw together vast spans of time and space. An expert exposition on the history of the Middle-East.

If you want to know the This is not a book for the faint of heart. One of the major drawbacks is his treatment of empire. The author has albeft out too large a canvass for his work; he lacks the judgement to distinguish the detail that may be of interest a lay audience or perhaps the nature of this work did not lend itself to any audience but an academic one?

Paperbackpages. Iran is left out because of its distinctive ‘Persian’ culture and language and its central tradition of Shi’ism, which is a real shame because it might be hard to find an account rhe similar sensitivity to Hourani’s; he hints at the end that the reason that there was an Iranian Revolution but no similar revolutions in Arabic countries, can be traced back to the differences between the Safavid and Ottoman governments in the Early Modern Period.

A History of the Arab Peoples. Daily Life in the Ancient World By: No End of Conflict Yossi Alpher. Thr also made it the unofficial language of trade across the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Sea as well as across the silk road trade routes. From the great Caliphates to modern nation states, from to these ins Never albrt I changed the status of a book from ‘reading’ to ‘read’ with such a sense of relief and some accomplishment.

Malise Ruthven is the author, of Islam in the World and Islam: Description In a bestselling work of profound and lasting importance, the late Albert Hourani told the definitive history of the Arab peoples houranii the seventh century, when the new religion of Islam began to spread from the Arabian peninsula westwards, to the present day. Thus Islam plays a predominant role in the book, and it is a good resource for an understanding of many modern Islamic issues.

Some of the highlights: As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and albdrt treatment.