Islamic Imperialism: A History

Paperback | September 24, 2013

byKarsh, Efraim

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From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, Karsh contends that the region's experience is the culmination of long-existing indigenous trends, passions, and patterns of behavior, and that foremost among these is Islam's millenarian imperial tradition.
The author explores the history of Islam's imperialism and the persistence of the Ottoman imperialist dream that outlasted World War I to haunt Islamic and Middle Eastern politics to the present day. September 11 can be seen as simply the latest expression of this dream, and such attacks have little to do with U.S. international behavior or policy in the Middle East, says Karsh. The House of Islam's war for world mastery is traditional, indeed venerable, and it is a quest that is far from over.

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From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western ...

Efraim Karsh is professor and head of the Mediterranean Studies Programme, King’s College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 129 × 198 × 0.68 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300198175

ISBN - 13:9780300198171

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A nice try. but too dry to hook the reader Karsh is a legitimate and I would say a courageous scholar for attempting to explore how imperialism is not just a Western idea. He also debunks myths about the crusades and Islamic tolerance. Unfortunately he does so in a dry manner one can never get involved in the book or the story. There are occasional interesting tidbits but not enough to make the book worth reading. Nice try, but no cigar
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"Karsh's lively, clearly written and well-researched account should have an appeal beyond an academic audience. The crisp manner with which he disposes of accepted wisdom will delight the reader. And in laying to rest the victim theory, he restores a measure of dignity to the Middle East."—Ralph Amelan, Jerusalem Post