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A History of the Arab Peoples

With a New Afterword

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ISBN 9780674058194

Publication Date: 11/15/2010

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624 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

32 halftones; 13 maps

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  • Preface
  • Author’s Note
  • Prologue
  • Part I: The Making of a World (7th–10th Century)
    • 1. A New Power in an Old World
      • The world into which the Arabs came
      • The language of poetry
      • Muhammad and the appearance of Islam
    • 2. The Formation of an Empire
      • The succession to Muhammad: the conquest of an empire
      • The caliphate of Damascus
      • The caliphate of Baghdad
    • 3. The Formation of a Society
      • The end of political unity
      • A unified society: the economic bases
      • Unity of faith and language
      • The Islamic world
    • 4. The Articulation of Islam
      • The questions of authority
      • The power and justice of God
      • The shari’a
      • The Traditions of the Prophet
      • The path of the mystic
      • The path of reason
  • Part II: Arab Muslim Societies (11th–15th Century)
    • 5. The Arab Muslim World
      • States and dynasties
      • Arabs, Persians and Turks
      • Geographical divisions
      • Muslim Arabs and others
    • 6. The Countryside
      • Land and its use
      • Tribal societies
    • 7. The Life of Cities
      • Markets and cities
      • The city population
      • Law and the ‘ulama
      • Slaves
      • Muslims and non-Muslims in the city
      • Women in the city
      • The shape of the city
      • Houses in the city
      • The chain of cities
    • 8. Cities and Their Rulers
      • The formation of dynasties
      • The alliance of interests
      • Control of the countryside
      • Ideas of political authority
    • 9. Ways of Islam
      • The Pillars of Islam
      • The friends of God
    • 10. The Culture of the ‘Ulama
      • The ‘ulama and the shari’a
      • The transmission of learning
      • Kalam
      • Al-Ghazali
    • 11. Divergent Paths of Thought
      • Islam of the philosophers
      • Ibn ‘Arabi and theosophy
      • Ibn Taymiyya and the Hanbali tradition
      • The development of Shi’ism
      • Jewish and Christian learning
    • 12. The Culture of Courts and People
      • Rulers and patrons
      • Poetry and story
      • Music
      • Understanding the world
  • Part III: The Ottoman Age (16th–18th Century)
    • 13. The Ottoman Empire
      • The limits of political power
      • Ottoman government
      • The Ottomans and Islamic tradition
      • Government in the Arab provinces
    • 14. Ottoman Societies
      • Population and wealth in the empire
      • The Arab provinces
      • The culture of the Arab provinces
      • Beyond the empire: Arabia, the Sudan, Morocco
    • 15. The Changing Balance of Power in the Eighteenth Century
      • Central and local authorities
      • Arab Ottoman society and culture
      • The world of Islam
      • Changing relations with Europe
  • Part IV: The Age of European Empires (1800–1939)
    • 16. European Power and Reforming Governments (1800–1860)
      • The expansion of Europe
      • The beginnings of European empire
      • Reforming governments
    • 17. European Empires and Dominant Elites (1860–1914)
      • The limits of independence
      • The partition of Africa: Egypt and the Maghrib
      • The alliance of dominant interests
      • Control of the land
      • The condition of the people
      • The dual society
    • 18. The Culture of Imperialism and Reform
      • The culture of imperialism
      • The rise of the intelligentsia
      • The culture of reform
      • The emergence of nationalism
      • The continuity of Islamic tradition
    • 19. The Climax of European Power (1914–1939)
      • The supremacy of Great Britain and France
      • The primacy of British and French interests
      • Immigrants and the land
      • The growth of the indigenous elite
      • Attempts at political agreement
    • 20. Changing Ways of Life and Thought (1914–1939)
      • Population and the countryside
      • Life in the new cities
      • The culture of nationalism
      • Islam of the élite and the masses
  • Part V: The Age of Nation-States (Since 1939)
    • 21. The End of the Empires (1939–1962)
      • The Second World War
      • National independence (1945–1956)
      • The Suez crisis
      • The Algerian war
    • 22. Changing Societies (1940s and 1950s)
      • Population and economic growth
      • The profits of growth: merchants and landowners
      • The power of the state
      • Rich and poor in the city
    • 23. National Culture (1940s and 1950s)
      • Problems of education
      • Language and self-expression
      • Islamic movements
    • 24. The Climax of Arabism (1950s and 1960s)
      • Popular nationalism
      • The ascendancy of Nasirism
      • The crisis of 1967
    • 25. Arab Unity and Disunity (since 1967)
      • The crisis of 1973
      • The predominance of American influence
      • The interdependence of Arab countries
      • Arab disunity
    • 26. A Disturbance of Spirits (since 1967)
      • Ethnic and religious divisions
      • Rich and poor
      • Women in society
      • A heritage and its renewal
      • The stability of regimes
      • The fragility of regimes
  • Afterword (2002)
  • Maps
  • Genealogies and Dynasties
    • The Family of the Prophet
    • The Shi‘i Imams
    • The Caliphs
    • Important Dynasties
    • Ruling Families in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Terms
  • General Index

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