3 The Formation of a Society. The end of political unity. 3 8. A unified society: the economic bases. Unity of faith and language. The Islamic world. Albert Hourani's survey history of the Arab peoples covers an impressively large amount of material. It spans nearly nine hundred years, from. Get this from a library! A history of the Arab peoples. [Albert Hourani] -- No region in the world today is more important than the Middle East: no people more.
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Arabs, Muslims, and History. A History of the Arab Peoples, by. Albert Hourani, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard Univer- sity Press, xx +. A history of the Arab peoples. byHourani, Albert Habib The Arab Muslim world ; The countryside ; The life of cities ; Cities and their rulers ; Ways of Islam ; The culture of the Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. View [Albert_Hourani_History_of_the_Arab_Peoples_BookZ (1).pdf from A HISTORY OF THE ARAB PEOPLES Albert Hourani To my colleagues and students.
After the war, Hourani returned to Oxford to pursue a career in academia, which he devoted to studying the Arab world.
In , he became director of Oxford's Middle East Centre,i where he remained for over 20 years. Despite retiring in , Hourani remained a visiting professor at a number of universities in Europe, America, and the Middle East.
Calling upon his Arab roots and fluency in Arabic, Hourani distilled a lifetime of research into his most important book, A History of the Arab Peoples. It was published in , just two years before he died. A History of the Arab Peoples covers an impressive sweep of time. It offers a broad overview of the Arab civilization from the founding of Islam in the seventh century through to the end of the s. Many Western scholars of the twentieth century saw Arab civilization as stagnant.
They believed that the Middle East had been in decline since the tenth century. Hourani set out to counter that notion. To do so, he examined both the changes and the continuities that can be seen in the Arab world over the course of its history.
Rather than looking at politics, Hourani focuses on what is called socio- cultural aspects of Arab life. The book weaves together historical, cultural, economic, religious, and social trends, providing a wealth of detail about the many dynamic and evolving aspects of life in the Middle East. Hourani uses these trends and details to persuade the reader of the continuing vitality of Arab societies.
They might live in different countries. They might live at different times. They might have different customs or practice different faiths.
But despite their diversity, they are a recognizable group. Hourani identified two factors that underpinned this cultural unity: the dominant Arab religion, Islam, and the Arabic language. Packed with information, A History of the Arab Peoples is easy to read. Hourani wanted the text to be accessible to the general reader.
The book was an immediate success when it was published in Unusually for a social and cultural history, it appeared on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and stayed there for several weeks.
As an introduction to the history of the Middle East it remains an invaluable work of reference. It stands out for two reasons. The first is the length of time it covers.
Hourani starts his book early in the seventh century. His final chapters cover the Arab world after , the year when Israel and an alliance of Arab States battled each other in the Six- Day War. Collection inlibrary ; printdisabled ; internetarchivebooks ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Language English.
Includes bibliographical references p. A new power in an old world ; The formation of an empire ; The formation of a society ; The articulation of Islam -- Arab Muslim societies eleventh-fifteenth century. The Arab Muslim world ; The countryside ; The life of cities ; Cities and their rulers ; Ways of Islam ; The culture of the 'ulama ; Divergent paths of thought ; The culture of courts and people -- The Ottoman age sixteenth-eighteenth century.
The Ottoman empire ; Ottoman societies ; The changing balance of power in the eighteenth century -- The age of European empires The end of the empires ; Changing societies s and s ; National culture s and s ; The climax of Arabism s and s ; Arab unity and disunity since ; A disturbance of spirits since -- Maps -- Genealogies and dynasties.
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