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From the ancient cultures of the Middle East have sprung three of the world's major religions, outstanding accomplishments in literature and science, and seemingly never-ending conflict - compounded now not only by geopolitics, but by the international hunger for oil and the web of global terrorism.
But who are the Arabs, these remarkable people who have accomplished so much and who continue to both fascinate and confront the West?
Philip K. Hitti's eloquent short history is an acknowledged classic offering the best and quickest grasp of Arab history and culture.
Now with a new introduction by renowned MIT historian, Philip Khoury.
|Arabs, Moslems and Semites||1|
|The Original Arab, the Bedouin||9|
|On the Eve of the Rise of Islam||21|
|Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah||30|
|The Book and the Faith||42|
|Islam on the March||56|
|Conquest of Spain||80|
|Social and Cultural Life Makes a Start||94|
|The Glory That Was Baghdad||105|
|The Life of the People||122|
|Science and Literature||140|
|The Fine Arts||154|
|Cordova: Jewel of the World||162|
|Contributions to the West||174|
|The Cross Supplants the Crescent||193|
|The Last Dynasty||238|
|The Arab Lands in the Modern World||252|