The Arabs

The Arabs

A History

Book - 2009
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To American observers, the Arab world often seems little more than a distant battleground characterized by religious zealotry and political chaos. Years of tone-deaf US policies have left the region powerless to control its own destiny--playing into a longstanding sense of shame and impotence for a once-mighty people. In this definitive account, preeminent historian Eugene Rogan traces five centuries of Arab history, from the Ottoman conquests through the British and French colonial periods and up to the present age of unipolar American hegemony. The Arab world is now more acutely aware than ever of its own vulnerability, and this sense of subjection carries with it vast geopolitical consequences.

Drawing from Arab sources little known to Western readers, Rogan's The Arabs will transform our understanding of the past, present, and future of one of the world's most tumultuous regions.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780465071005
0465071007
Branch Call Number: 909.0492 ROGAN
Characteristics: vii, 553 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 19, 2015

Perhaps no region is more important for Americans to understand than the Middle East. Yet it and its inhabitants are more often treated (by politicians, the media, the average Joe) as a monolith, rather than the incredibly diverse, complex, and historically significant culture that they are. Oxford professor and scholar Eugene Rogan's history of the Arab people will no doubt stand for years to come as the definitive introduction for the general reader. Sweeping and dense, it's nonetheless engaging and lucid and will bring a great deal of historical understanding to contemporary conflicts, in particular the lasting damage done by colonial powers, the consequences of the creation of Israel in 1948, and our more recent involvement in the region. A necessary book. I would also recommend Karen Armstrong's short history of Islam and Michael Oren's history of America in the Middle East, "Power, Faith, and Fantasy."

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