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17 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a tedious read!!! Where is the history of Suleyman The Great?! Did the crusades happen?! Did America ever do anything in Tripoli?! Do women exist in the modern Muslim world?!!!
While being extremely detailed about historical social practices and religious thought, Hourani left out key historical periods.
If you want to come to better understanding of Arab society, I am sure that you can find a more concise book that does not neglect / ignore key world events.
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13 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A disappointment!!! I thought from the title of the book a reference of who are the Arabs and history. The author does not seem to understand that the Arabs existed way before Islam. There were Arab Christians. There were Arab Jews. Instead the author concentrated as the Arabs are Islam & Muslims. That is not true! Islam Conquered the area by the sword and thus Islam spread by the sword and not by love and peace. Anyhow, very disappointed of the author.
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