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Islamic Imperialism: A History
     

Islamic Imperialism: A History

by Efraim Karsh
 

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ISBN-10: 0300122632

ISBN-13: 9780300122633

Pub. Date: 05/16/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle

Overview

From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. 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 Islam’s 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. September 11 can be seen as simply the latest expression of this dream, and such attacks have little to do with U.S. international behavior or policy in the Middle East, says Karsh. The House of Islam’s war for world mastery is traditional, indeed venerable, and it is a quest that is far from over.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300122633
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/16/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Maps....................ix
Introduction....................1
1 The Warrior Prophet....................10
2 The Rise and Fall of Islam's First Empire....................23
3 The Best of Times, the Worst of Times....................43
4 The House of Islam and the House of War....................66
5 The Last Great Islamic Empire....................88
6 The Price of Empire....................109
7 Mishandling the Great Game....................119
8 The Rise of the Arab Imperial Dream....................132
9 An Arab Caesar....................149
10 A Reckoning of Sorts....................170
11 The Tail That Wags the Dog....................191
12 Renewing the Quest for Allah's Empire....................212
13 Bin Laden's Holy War....................225
Epilogue....................234
Notes....................242
Index....................273

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