The Arabs: A History

The Arabs: A History

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by Eugene Rogan
     
 

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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. Tracing five centuries of Arab history, Rogan reveals that there was an age when the Arabs set the rules for the rest of the world. Today, however, the

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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. Tracing five centuries of Arab history, Rogan reveals that there was an age when the Arabs set the rules for the rest of the world. Today, however, the Arab world’s sense of subjection to external powers carries vast consequences for both the region and Westerners who attempt to control it.

Updated with a new epilogue, The Arabs is an invaluable, groundbreaking work of history.

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A straightforward, careful primer on Arab political history from the rise of the Ottoman Empire to the forging of modern fundamentalist Islamic entities. Rogan (Modern History of the Middle East/Oxford Univ.; Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire, 2000) traces the significant modern themes of nationalism, imperialism, revolution, industrialization, migration and women's rights over the past five centuries within the Islamic states, stretching from North Africa to the Sinai, the Middle East to South Asia. With the conquest of the Cairo-based Mamluk Empire by the Ottomans in 1517, the vast Turkish-speaking Islamic empire would now rule from foreign capitals over the globe, "a political reality," Rogan writes, "that would prove one of the defining features of modern Arab history." Managing the multi-ethnicity of the empire was a challenge, and by the mid-18th century local leaders such as Zahir in Palestine and Ali Bey in Egypt challenged Ottoman autonomy, while the rise of the Wahhabi sect called for a return to the strictures of religious orthodoxy. Further currents of reform and nationalism, as in the Balkans, weakened the central state, while the waves of Franco-Anglo colonialism undermined Ottoman authority, from North Africa to Palestine. By the end of World War I the European powers negotiated their settlements in terms of "divide and rule." Rogan, who regards Arab history from the viewpoint of Arabs, concentrates on the postwar collapse of the Ottoman Empire, as British and French domination ebbed, Israel was established, the greed for oil transformed the region and a new generation repudiated the era of nationalism and ineffectual leadership and looked to an earlierproud history of Islam. A sweeping history that dwells on political rather than artistic or cultural developments within diverse Arab countries. Agent: Felicity Bryan/Felicity Bryan Literary Agency
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"Rogan eruditely furnishes Western readers with a background to current events." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465032488
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
188,505
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eugene Rogan is the Director of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Winner of the Albert Hourani Prize and a book of the year award from the Middle East Studies Association of North America, he lives in Oxford, England.

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The Arabs: A History 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LeongWaiHong More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent history of the Arabs in the modern age. Rogan, who teaches Modern History of the Middle East at the University of Oxford, is able to read both Arabic and Turkish. His book therefore cites a lot of Arabic and Turkish writings to present a history of the Arabs from Arab sources. The history here begins with the Ottoman's defeat of the Mamluks in 1516 and ends in the year 2007. He charts the evolution of Arab identity from Ottomanism to Arabism to Islamism. Present day Islamists argue that the Arabs were strong and all-powerful when they adhered most closely to their Muslim faith. This is one of the main reasons for the resurgence of Muslim movements worldwide. Rogan writes well. His presentation and analysis are excellent. He has taken a fair and balance stand on many polemic issues. I would highly recommend this book.
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A concise history of the region for both new students in international affairs and novices. Eugene Rogan's writing is clear and engaging. I hope to see more work by him and his colleagues on the 2011 uprisings and transitions in the region.
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"You will have a temporary team for today."
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"Plus they're so inactive. I mean what do they want us to do?"
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Yawns boredly.
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A red and gold bird appeared in a burst of flames and flew off. "Are you asking me?"she aske Ivy
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Laughs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please come to Silveegale res 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I can't find that book so lets stick with this one.) *she looked around for anything interesting* Way more advanced that the Collage of Winterhold...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fletcher <p> He Smiled and sat down </p>