A History of the Arab Peoples has ratings and reviews. Mike said: For some reason unbeknownst to me I have a fascination with the history of th. Upon its publication in , Albert Houraniâe(tm)s masterwork was hailed as the of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and. Hourani, the distinguished historian and interpreter, has written a masterwork–a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture.

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One of the best works of non-fiction I have ever read. No region in the world today is more important than the Pwoples East: As an adult, Hourani converted to Christianity. There are a number of parts where Hourani has to skim or gloss-ov As someone who is largely ignorant of most of Arab history, I found this book fascinating.

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T his bestselling history of the Arab-speaking parts of the Islamic world albert hourani a history of the arab peoples British-Lebanese historian Albert Hourani first appeared in Hourani works with very loose oeoples with ‘Arab’ taken to mean Arabic language. The benefit of reading a work that goes from premodernity to modernity is peopples understand our modernity a little better: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t hisrory a Kindle?

Sep 07, Jeffrey Franklin Barken rated it really liked it. Published on May 13, I am not as well read or knowledgeable about the Arab portion of the story so I was eager to dive into this extensive book. I’m always impressed by scholars who can write these grand synthetic histories that draw together vast spans of time and space.

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I actually albert hourani a history of the arab peoples to put it aside a few times and read something shorter and quicker, then return to finish it. He mentions a few hundred thousand Palestinians become refugees, but doesn’t mention any of the terror, the violence, the death brought about by Zionist policy, outlined, for instance, in Plan Dalet.

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The Turks have an ambiguous position in that they assume the main responsiblity for the defence of Arab civilisation’s most prominent contribution to culture – Islam – but without ever adopting Arabic as the main language of their culture ditto the Persians.

A History of the Arab Peoples

Wahhabi Islam, has played a gistory important role in the Albert hourani a history of the arab peoples history ever since it came to take power in KSA, but the book has almost completely avoided the subject, another q approach of the author! While this does get a bit dry at times insert desert pun here the reader gets an excellent window into how the people of the past lived. He present it as, essentially, a war between two equal sides, in which the Zionist forces were better prepared and won the day.

There are a number of parts where Hourani has to skim or gloss-over, and even within the houdani parameters the author sets for himself there is simply too much material to cover in a book this size. Order by newest oldest recommendations. One person found this helpful.

A History of the Arab Peoples Hardcover. Return to Book Page. For me, though, the most compelling section dealt with how European powers came to dominate and occupy Arab states and how this dominance altered the traditional patterns of life in these states.

For example, Jews were crucial in the trade with Byzantium during a time when Byzantine-Arab relations were extremely sour. I probably learn more about the Arabs from one reading of this book then from 65 years of reading newspapers. This means, essentially, that none of his facts or statistics or First, a preliminary comment warranted by any book of this size and magnitude, there is something overwhelming about engaging in the entire history of a people in one book.

Published on September 20, Read it in the ‘s and understood why happened.

The book ends in a discussion of late twentieth century Arabic socio-political albert hourani a history of the arab peoples that suggests reasons for the stability of regimes like Hussein’s, Assad’s or Mubarrak’s, despite attempts at more broadly participatory politics earlier; he ends up pointing out how weak tne regimes might actually be, a tantalizing indication of the Arab Spring.


Iran is left out because of its distinctive ‘Persian’ culture and language and its central tradition of Shi’ism, which is a real shame because it thhe be hard to find an account of similar sensitivity to Hourani’s; he hints at the end hourano the reason that there was an Iranian Revolution but no similar revolutions in Arabic countries, can be traced back to the differences between the Safavid and Ottoman governments in the Early Modern Period.

Hourani has, in many ways, constructed epoples modern version of the kind of history outlined by the 14th century AD, again — 8th century AH Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun, and in doing so has written an ideologically disruptive history that places the Arab world at the centre of its own story.

A History of the Arab Peoples: , – Albert Habib Hourani – Google Books

Write a customer review. Published on May 4, Sponsored products related to this item What’s this? There is no political grandstanding here, just facts. Tbe library Help Advanced Book Search. Albert hourani a history of the arab peoples I was confused by the abundant lists of names and places – overwhelming at times, but all relevant to houtani unfolding history as presented by Hourani. Hourani has been criticised for downplaying the violence, racism and misogyny of some Arab-Islamic societies, but Ruthven’s contribution helps to restore the balance, making this a splendid general history of the Arab world from the life of Muhammad to the Facebook-using young activists who gathered in Tahrir Square calling for change.

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