AFD-070118-154 - A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert...

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A History of the Arab Peoples , by Albert Hourani. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1991. Albert Hourani’s survey history of the Arab peoples covers an impressively large amount of material. It spans nearly nine hundred years, from the seventh to the late twentieth century, and it travels across the extensive area from Spain to Iran. Knowledge of Islam is essential to any understanding of the Arab world. In his early chapters, Hourani explains many aspects of this influential religion that are fundamental to Middle Eastern, and indeed, world history. He relates, with a clarity that is helpful to Western readers, the life of the Prophet Muhammed, the origins of the Qur’an, the formative years of Islam, and the development of Sunnism and Shi’ism. Hourani’s treatment of the history of the Arabs from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries gives considerable attention to the importance of geography. During this era, which overlapped much of Europe’s Middle Ages, the Arabs developed extensive trade routes connecting vibrant markets and they built large cities featuring
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2010 for the course HIS 12001 taught by Professor Vincentlee during the Fall '10 term at St.Francis College.

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