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Hourani, Albert - A History of the Arab Peoples - ( Item 120879 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2009. First Thus. Near Fine Hardback. Spine title panel very slightly worn. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Slight marks to panels of slipcase. Bound in buckram, blocked with a design based on Islamic script on the walls of Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo. Frontispiece and 32 pages of colour and black & white plates. Afterword by Malise Ruthven. Size: 10 x 6 ins, 688 pages. 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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