The Arabs in History

The Arabs in History

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This account of the history of the Arabs, from pre-Islamic times to the present day, considers Arabic culture, society and politics, as well as the place of the Arabs in human history. In this new edition of an established work, Professor Lewis examines the key issues of Arab development - their identity, the national revival which cemented the creation of the Islamic state, and the social and economic pressures that destroyed the Arab kingdom and created the Islamic empire. Similarly, he analyzes the forces which contributed to that empire's eventual decline: political break-up, economic decay and extravagance, invasions and the impact of the West. For, Lewis argues, Western inventions have shattered the traditional economic structure, and demand a social, political and cultural readjustment that is still to be made. Bernard Lewis has also written "The Emergence of Modern Turkey" and "The Muslim Discovery of Europe".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • maps, bibliography
  • 0192852582
  • 9780192852588

About Bernard Lewis

About the Author: Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including Race and Slavery in the Middle East, The Muslim Discovery of Europe, The Assassins, and The Political Language of Islam.
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Table of contents

Arabia Before Islam; Muhammad and the Rise of Islam; The Age of the Conquests; The Arab Kingdom; The Islamic Empire; "The Revolt of Islam"; The Arabs in Europe; Islamic Civilization; The Arabs in Eclipse; The Impact of the West.
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