Islamic Imperialism: A History

Islamic Imperialism: A History

by Efraim Karsh
     
 

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 Islamic… See more details below

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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 Islamic 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. In Islamic Imperialsm, Karsh poses a fundamental challenge to the way we understand the history of the Middle East and the role of Islam in that region.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300122633
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/16/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The warrior prophet9
2The rise and fall of Islam's first empire21
3The best of times, the worst of times40
4The house of Islam and the house of war62
5The last great Islamic empire84
6The price of empire104
7Mishandling the great game114
8The rise of the Arab imperial dream127
9An Arab Caesar144
10A reckoning of sorts165
11The tail that wags the dog186
12Renewing the quest for Allah's empire207
13Bin Laden's holy war220

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