A History of the Arab Peoples / Edition 1

A History of the Arab Peoples / Edition 1

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by Albert Habib Hourani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674395654

ISBN-13: 9780674395657

Pub. Date: 07/28/1991

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Praise for the first edition
“A splendid achievement … Written with just the right mix of empathy and sensitivity, and a feel for the irony of human history. 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
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Praise for the first edition
“A splendid achievement … Written with just the right mix of empathy and sensitivity, and a feel for the irony of human history. 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
“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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674395657
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1991
Series:
Belknap Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
574
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.73(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface


Author's Note


Prologue

PART I THE MAKING OF A WORLD (SEVENTH-TENTH 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 (ELEVENTH-FIFTEENTH 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 thecountryside


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 (SIXTEENTH-EIGHTEENTH 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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