Arabs A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

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"Masterly and brilliant"-Simon Sebag Montefiore

"A book of vast scope and stunning insight."-Anthony Sattin, Spectator   

"Commanding erudition and a swashbuckling style define this history of the Arabs"-Justin Marozzi, Sunday Times

This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia.
Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments-from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic-have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post-Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300251630
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.442927
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 8595
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 566g
Height: 199mm
Width: 131mm
Spine width: 37mm