Arabs In History

Paperback | March 1, 2002

byBernard Lewis

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`Whoever lives in our country, speaks our language, is brought up in our culture and takes pride in our glory is one of us.' Thus ran a declaration of modern leaders of Arab states. But what exactly is an Arab, and what has been their place in the course of human history?In this well-established classic, Professor Lewis examines the key issues of Arab development - their identity, the national revival which cemented the creation of the Islamic state, and the social and economic pressures that destroyed the Arab kingdom and created the Islamic empire. He analyses theforces which contributed to that empire's eventual decline, and the effects of growing Western influence. Today, with the Arab world facing profound social and political challenges, it constitutes an essential introduction to the Arabs and their history.

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`Whoever lives in our country, speaks our language, is brought up in our culture and takes pride in our glory is one of us.' Thus ran a declaration of modern leaders of Arab states. But what exactly is an Arab, and what has been their place in the course of human history?In this well-established classic, Professor Lewis examines the ke...

Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, and Long-Term Member of the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton University. He has published numerous books on the Middle East, including, The Assassins, Race and Slavery in the Middle East: A Historical Enquiry, and The Middle East.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803107

ISBN - 13:9780192803108

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List of MapsIntroduction1. Arabia Before Islam2. Muhammad and the Rise of Islam3. The Age of the Conquests4. The Arab Kingdom5. The Islamic Empire6. 'The Revolt of Islam'7. The Arabs in Europe8. Islamic Civilization9. The Arabs in Eclipse10. The Impact of the WestChronological Table

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`... enormously influential history ... after reading 'Gibbon on Muhammad', it is tempting to speculate that Lewis's long-standing interest in the eighteenth-century historian may have influenced his own ambition to scan grand horizons, his taste for irony and his unmistakably elegant literarystyle.'Robert Irwin, Middle Eastern Studies