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A History of the Arab Peoples

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A History of the Arab Peoples

Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single-volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization—until now.

Albert Hourani, distinguished historian and interpreter, has written a masterwork, a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture. He looks at all sides of this rich and venerable civilization, including the beauty of the Alhambra and the great mosques, the importance attached to education, the achievements of Arab science—but also internal conflicts, wide-spread poverty, the role of women, and the contemporary Palestinian question.

Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single-volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization—until now.

Albert Hourani, distinguished historian and interpreter, has written a masterwork, a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture. He looks at all sides of this rich and venerable civilization, including the beauty of the Alhambra and the great mosques, the importance attached to education, the achievements of Arab science—but also internal conflicts, wide-spread poverty, the role of women, and the contemporary Palestinian question.

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  • Albert Hourani (1915–1993) was born in Manchester, England. He attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics, and economics. In 1948 he was offered a fellowship at Magdalen College and, three years later, took up the post of first university lecturer in the modern history of the Near East, becoming director of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony's College in 1958.

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  • AudioFile Magazine The wonderful Nadia May is her wondrous best in this outstanding production of Hourani's expansive history of Arab culture, history, and religion. The text is a curative to the general Western ignorance of Islam, its long and troubled history with Western nations and with Christianity and Judaism, and its sense of mission--cultural, historical, and religious--in challenging the West. It is in one volume an entry, like the storybooks of childhood, into a strange and miraculous realm. For all of this, May is the ideal reader. Her unfailing command of pace, nuance, and textual value has an authority that matches Hourani's own, and listening to this vast reconstruction, which stretches from ancient times into our own, is like hearing History's own voice, ageless and omniscient, high above the fray. As in her transcendent narrations of works by Barbara Tuchman, May validates here the claim of the audiobook not just to stand shoulder to shoulder with the text--but like theater or film--to stand apart as a unique genre and interpretation. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 30, 1992
    Hourani examines Arabic-speaking nations of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present in a volume that spent 12 weeks on PW 's bestseller list and was a History Book Club main selection. Illustrated.

  • Chicago Sun-Times "A masterly summation...It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this book."
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