A History of the Arab Peoples: Updated Edition by Albert Hourani,Malise Ruthven

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By Albert Hourani,Malise Ruthven

In a bestselling paintings of profound and lasting value, the overdue Albert Hourani instructed the definitive historical past of the Arab peoples from the 7th century, whilst the recent faith of Islam started to unfold from the Arabian peninsula westwards, to the current day. it's a masterly distillation of a life of scholarship and a distinct perception right into a endlessly stricken region.

This up-to-date version by way of Malise Ruthven provides a considerable new bankruptcy including contemporary occasions such as September 11, the USA invasion of Iraq and its bloody aftermath, the autumn of the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and the incipient civil warfare in Syria, bringing Hourani's magisterial historical past brand new.

Ruthven means that whereas Hourani can rarely were anticipated to foretell in aspect the big upheavals that experience shaken the Arab international lately he should not have been totally stunned, given the endurance of the kin-patronage networks he describes in his ebook and the demanding situations now posed to them by means of a brand new media-aware iteration of disappointed youth.

In a brand new biographical preface, Malise Ruthven exhibits how Hourani's views on Arab heritage have been formed through his targeted history as an English-born Arab Christian with roots within the Levant.

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