A History of the Arab Peoples
Eminent historian Albert Hourani distils a lifetime of learning into his remarkable history of the Arab peoples, from the 7th century – when the new religion of Islam began to spread from the Arabian Peninsula – to the present day. At the dawn of the 7th century, as the two world dominating empires of Byzantium and Sasanid Persia began to crumble and decay, a prophet in a remote desert town began to preach a compelling message of moral reform and submission to the will of God. Propelled by the teachings of Muhammad, the Arab tribes united in a career of conquest which spread the rule of Islam from Spain and North Africa in the west to Pakistan in the east and established a new empire that lasted for 800 years. Under its auspices, the Arab peoples created a unified civilisation unrivalled in its wealth and sophistication. This edition is complemented by a newly commissioned afterword by Malise Ruthven, historian and expert on Islam, and features glorious illustrations of jewel-like illuminations, exquisite metalwork and architectural treasures.
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- Publisher Folio Society, London; 2009
- Decorated Blue Buckram Hardback, 659 pp
- Frontispiece and 32 pages of colour and black & white plates
- Size 260 x 190mm, 2kg