Militarism In Arab Society

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A much needed reference aid for the academic and national defense communities, this book provides a framework for the historical and comparative study of the military culture of Arab society. In sections considering warfare in Arab traditions, military roles in medieval Islam, and Arab armies in the modern age, each chapter's bibliography is preceded by a background essay, designed to assist researchers who are unfamiliar with the general outline of Arab history or the thematic bent of Arabic historiography. The ...

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Overview

A much needed reference aid for the academic and national defense communities, this book provides a framework for the historical and comparative study of the military culture of Arab society. In sections considering warfare in Arab traditions, military roles in medieval Islam, and Arab armies in the modern age, each chapter's bibliography is preceded by a background essay, designed to assist researchers who are unfamiliar with the general outline of Arab history or the thematic bent of Arabic historiography. The work also includes a glossary and tables of Islamic dynasties.

Written primarily for professors and students of comparative military history, national and service intelligence analysts, and students of Arab-Islamic or Middle Eastern history, this work will also be of use to the generalist historian.

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Provides a framework for the historical and comparative study of the military culture of Arabic society. Background essays introduce key events, institutions, and issues and list sources for more information. The topics include the mystique of the raid, archetypal victories in Islam, struggles within and without Islam, medieval warriors, the defeat of the infidels, the break with the Ottoman past, the struggle with Israel, and the quest for regional dominance. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293702
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1997
  • Pages: 194
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN WALTER JANDORA, a Vietnam veteran who received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, spent five years with the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Bibliographic Abbreviations
Introduction
Glossary: Terms and Names with Militaristic Significance
Islamic Dynasties of the Arab East
Pt. I Warfare in Arab Traditions
1 The Mystique of the Raid 3
2 The Archetypal Victories of Islam 17
3 The Struggle Within and Without the Islamic Domain (Fitna and Jihad) 33
Pt. II Military Roles in Medieval Islam
4 The Muslim Warriors of Medieval Times: Alien Troops and Arab Militias 53
5 The Defeat of the Infidels 69
Pt. III Arab Armies in the Modern Age
6 The Break with the Ottoman Past 89
7 The Struggle with Israel 105
8 The Quest for Regional Dominance 121
Index 139
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