×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

A History of the Arab Peoples: With a New Afterword / Edition 2
     

A History of the Arab Peoples: With a New Afterword / Edition 2

by Albert Hourani, Malise Ruthven
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0674058194

ISBN-13: 9780674058194

Pub. Date: 11/15/2010

Publisher: Harvard

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674058194
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Edition description:
With a New Afterword
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
206,981
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

  • 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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews