A History of the Arab Peoples

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-04-30
  • Publisher: Belknap Pr

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Upon its publication in 1991, Albert Hourani's masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization, and became both a bestseller and an instant classic. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally shaped the Arab world. Now this seminal book is available in an expanded second edition. Noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven brings the story up to date from the mid-1980s, including such events as the Gulf War; civil unrest in Algeria; the change of leadership in Syria, Morocco, and Jordan; and the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks in the United States, ongoing crisis in Iraq, and renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians all underscore the need for a balanced and well-informed understanding of the Arab world, and make this insightful history of the Arab peoples more important than ever.

Author Biography

Albert Hourani was Emeritus Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford. He died in 1993

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xvii
Author's Notep. xix
Prologuep. 1
The Making of a World (Seventh-Tenth Century)
A New Power in an Old Worldp. 7
The world into which the Arabs camep. 7
The language of poetryp. 12
Muhammad and the appearance of Islamp. 14
The Formation of an Empirep. 22
The succession to Muhammad: the conquest of an empirep. 22
The caliphate of Damascusp. 25
The caliphate of Baghdadp. 32
The Formation of a Societyp. 38
The end of political unityp. 38
A unified society: the economic basesp. 43
Unity of faith and languagep. 46
The Islamic worldp. 54
The Articulation of Islamp. 59
The questions of authorityp. 59
The power and justice of Godp. 62
The shari'ap. 65
The Traditions of the Prophetp. 69
The path of the mysticp. 72
The path of reasonp. 75
Arab Muslim Societies (Eleventh-Fifteenth Century)
The Arab Muslim Worldp. 83
States and dynastiesp. 83
Arabs, Persians and Turksp. 87
Geographical divisionsp. 89
Muslim Arabs and othersp. 96
The Countrysidep. 98
Land and its usep. 98
Tribal societiesp. 104
The Life of Citiesp. 109
Markets and citiesp. 109
The city populationp. 111
Law and the 'ulamap. 113
Slavesp. 116
Muslims and non-Muslims in the cityp. 117
Women in the cityp. 119
The shape of the cityp. 122
Houses in the cityp. 125
The chain of citiesp. 128
Cities and Their Rulersp. 130
The formation of dynastiesp. 130
The alliance of interestsp. 133
Control of the countrysidep. 137
Ideas of political authorityp. 141
Ways of Islamp. 147
The Pillars of Islamp. 147
The friends of Godp. 152
The Culture of the 'Ulamap. 158
The 'ulama and the shari'ap. 158
The transmission of learningp. 163
Kalamp. 166
Al-Ghazalip. 167
Divergent Paths of Thoughtp. 172
Islam of the philosophersp. 172
Ibn 'Arabi and theosophyp. 176
Ibn Taymiyya and the Hanbali traditionp. 179
The development of Shi'ismp. 181
Jewish and Christian learningp. 186
The Culture of Courts and Peoplep. 189
Rulers and patronsp. 189
Poetry and storyp. 193
Musicp. 197
Understanding the worldp. 199
The Ottoman Age (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Century)
The Ottoman Empirep. 209
The limits of political powerp. 209
Ottoman governmentp. 214
The Ottomans and Islamic traditionp. 220
Government in the Arab provincesp. 225
Ottoman Societiesp. 231
Population and wealth in the empirep. 231
The Arab provincesp. 234
The culture of the Arab provincesp. 238
Beyond the empire: Arabia, the Sudan, Moroccop. 243
The Changing Balance of Power in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 249
Central and local authoritiesp. 249
Arab Ottoman society and culturep. 253
The world of Islamp. 256
Changing relations with Europep. 258
The Age of European Empires (1800-1939)
European Power and Reforming Governments (1800-1860)p. 265
The expansion of Europep. 265
The beginnings of European empirep. 268
Reforming governmentsp. 271
European Empires and Dominant Elites (1860-1914)p. 279
The limits of independencep. 279
The partition of Africa: Egypt and the Maghribp. 282
The alliance of dominant interestsp. 285
Control of the landp. 287
The condition of the peoplep. 292
The dual societyp. 295
The Culture of Imperialism and Reformp. 299
The culture of imperialismp. 299
The rise of the intelligentsiap. 302
The culture of reformp. 304
The emergence of nationalismp. 308
The continuity of Islamic traditionp. 311
The Climax of European Power (1914-1939)p. 315
The supremacy of Great Britain and Francep. 315
The primacy of British and French interestsp. 320
Immigrants and the landp. 322
The growth of the indigenous elitep. 324
Attempts at political agreementp. 328
Changing Ways of Life and Thought (1914-1939)p. 333
Population and the countrysidep. 333
Life in the new citiesp. 336
The culture of nationalismp. 340
Islam of the elite and the massesp. 345
The Age of Nation-States (Since 1939)
The End of the Empires (1939-1962)p. 353
The Second World Warp. 353
National independence (1945-1956)p. 356
The Suez crisisp. 365
The Algerian warp. 369
Changing Societies (1940s and 1950s)p. 373
Population and economic growthp. 373
The profits of growth: merchants and landownersp. 379
The power of the statep. 381
Rich and poor in the cityp. 384
National Culture (1940s and 1950s)p. 389
Problems of educationp. 389
Language and self-expressionp. 392
Islamic movementsp. 397
The Climax of Arabism (1950s and 1960s)p. 401
Popular nationalismp. 401
The ascendancy of Nasirismp. 407
The crisis of 1967p. 411
Arab Unity and Disunity (since 1967)p. 416
The crisis of 1973p. 416
The predominance of American influencep. 419
The interdependence of Arab countriesp. 423
Arab disunityp. 426
A Disturbance of Spirits (since 1967)p. 434
Ethnic and religious divisionsp. 434
Rich and poorp. 436
Women in societyp. 439
A heritage and its renewalp. 442
The stability of regimesp. 447
The fragility of regimesp. 453
Afterword 2002p. 459
Mapsp. 473
Genealogies and Dynastiesp. 497
The Family of the Prophetp. 499
The Shi'i Imamsp. 500
The Caliphsp. 501
Important Dynastiesp. 503
Ruling Families in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuryp. 505
Notesp. 508
Bibliographyp. 514
Index of Termsp. 544
General Indexp. 547
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