By Albert Hourani
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Upon its book in 1991, Albert Hourani’s masterwork used to be hailed because the definitive tale of Arab civilization, and have become either a bestseller and an rapid vintage. In a breathtaking view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab heritage and tradition, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the folks and occasions that experience essentially formed the Arab world.
Now this seminal publication comes in an improved moment variation. famous Islamic pupil Malise Ruthven brings the tale brand new from the mid-1980s, together with such occasions because the Gulf battle; civil unrest in Algeria; the switch of management in Syria, Morocco, and Jordan; and the aftermath of the occasions of September eleven, 2001.
The terrorist assaults within the usa, ongoing hindrance in Iraq, and renewed violence among Israelis and Palestinians all underscore the necessity for a balanced and well-informed realizing of the Arab global, and make this insightful historical past of the Arab peoples extra vital than ever.
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A History of the Arab Peoples: With a New Afterword by Albert Hourani