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Arabs is a refined and pleasing tour through the history of a remarkable people, civilization, and language.-- "Jonathan A. C. Brown, Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University"<br ><br >
Superb. What really distinguishes this book from others is the sheer number of its insights into Arab history, all of which are tantalizing.--"Steven C. Caton, professor of contemporary Arab studies at Harvard University"
Quite brilliant...I am full of admiration for this inspiring book, with its quite original and timely view of Arab historical identity.--"Philip Kennedy, author of Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition"
Strips away centuries of erroneous myth-making...Anyone hoping to understand, let alone write about the Middle East, will need to read and inhale this profound, witty, and scholarly achievement.--"Barnaby Rogerson, author of The Last Crusaders" --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B07P77P1V4
- Publisher : Yale University Press (April 30, 2019)
- Publication date : April 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 41369 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 767 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #429,696 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was looking for a book that included the history of the pre-Islamic tribes and people on equal footing with the post-Muhammad history. I did not find it here.
It is by no means "pro-" or "anti-Islam" and glosses over nearly everything EXCEPT language.
If, however, you are looking for a book on the development and evolution of a language and how it influences other languages, then this is it.
It is worth pointing out that this is not a pure chronological restatements of fact and trends It is in some ways also a historians memoir and has a very personal voice that brings ancient events into present circumstances.
The author's focus on the Arabic language is fascinating and enlightening. More than any other people in the world the Arabs, it appears, are a people formed by their language.
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A couple of points after more time to reflect! The information on the Pre-Islamic Arab people is difficult to find and even more difficult to verify. The Author states the history was passed down verbally. With only passing references made about them, by other civilisations. He then claims the Koran was the first book written in the Arabic language. How would this be possible with no written script development, over a considerable period of time?
His knowledge is beyond doubt but i did not feel that this was communicated at all well. The rambling, shapeless sentences and digressions within a lack of context merely confused. In my opinion it is very badly written.
By contrast I have just read two brilliant books by the historian David Olosoga which are models of clarity, balance , subtlety and elegance. I am sad and frustrated at being unable to get through this book, Arabs, and have now given up, even though I find the subject fascinating . I wish I had never bought it but maybe the Oxfam bookshop will be able to profit .
I highly recommend this book to all who have any interest in Arab history from the long forgotten past all the way to the present.