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A History of the Arab Peoples

A History of the Arab Peoples

With a New Afterword

Albert Hourani

ISBN 9780674058194

Publication date: 11/15/2010

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“Here at last is a genuinely readable, genuinely responsive history of the Arabs.”—Edward W. Said, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Upon its publication in 1991, Albert Hourani’s masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization, and became both a bestseller and an instant classic. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally shaped the Arab world.

Now this seminal book is available in an expanded second edition. Noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven brings the story up to date from the mid-1980s, including such events as the Gulf War; civil unrest in Algeria; the change of leadership in Syria, Morocco, and Jordan; and the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks in the United States, ongoing crisis in Iraq, and renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians all underscore the need for a balanced and well-informed understanding of the Arab world, and make this insightful history of the Arab peoples more important than ever.

Praise

  • This book by one of the most distinguished scholars of the Arab world and the Middle East is a splendid achievement that can be read with profit by rank beginners and jaded specialists. It is, moreover, written with the grace and wisdom that those who know Mr. Hourani's works have come to expect… This is history in the grand style. It can lead to a better understanding of the Arabs, past and present.

    —L. Carl Brown, New York Times Book Review

Authors

  • Albert Hourani (1915–1993) was Emeritus Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford.
  • Malise Ruthven is a former editor with the BBC Arabic Service and World Service in London and is the author of Islam in the World and Islam: A Very Short Introduction.

Book Details

  • 592 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • Afterword by Malise Ruthven

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