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  • Title: A Concise History of the Arabs
  • Author: John McHugo
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The key to understanding the Arab world today is unlocking its past.In this authoritative account, John McHugo takes the reader through the political, social and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire right up to the present day Going beyond the headlines, he describes in vivid detail a series of key turning points in Arab history from the mission of thThe key to understanding the Arab world today is unlocking its past.In this authoritative account, John McHugo takes the reader through the political, social and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire right up to the present day Going beyond the headlines, he describes in vivid detail a series of key turning points in Arab history from the mission of the Prophet Muhammad and the expansion of Islam to the region s interaction with Western ideas and the rise of Islamism.Now fully updated to cover the tumultuous years since the Arab Spring, this lucidly told history reveals how the Arab world came to have its present form and illuminates the choices that lie ahead.John McHugo is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies at St Andrews University A board member of the Council for Arab British Understanding and the British Egyptian Society, he is also an advisor to Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, on peace in the Middle East McHugo s writing has featured in History Today, The World Today, Jewish Quarterly and on the BBC News and Al Jazeera websites His other publications include Syria A Recent History He lives in London.
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    1. A Concise History of the Arabs is just that A concise history of the Arabs The bibliography is impressive, the effort tremendous, the result a breathless over 300 pages of history and vast complexities needing tomes For anyone who is interested in our common future because it is already and will have to be a future we make together this is just the right book to get you going and give you an idea of the difficulties to overcome Not just our difficulties with them , but very much their difficulti [...]

    2. I think that as a history book, this book fails miserably First off, it starts with the general assumption that Arab Islam and starts everything from the time of Mohammad What about before That is the interesting part actually, in order to better understand what makes Islam what it is today, as it came out of that culture.The history of expansion part was okay, nothing special but the book utterly fails when it comes to the modern era, where the author s personal view of Israel Palestine conflic [...]

    3. A great, fast read if you want to understand what went into making the morass that is the Middle East today McHugo displays an unfortunate bias against Israel in a few places, but overall, this is a good way to get up to speed especially on the Arab aspects of the political and social situations Because of his bias, his analysis of the Israeli Palestinian conflict is a bit one sided But the rest of it is very helpful indeed.

    4. An interesting read giving much context to terms so frequently heard in the media If it describes a bloody mess it is perhaps a less confusing mess after reading this, if you are looking to broaden your Middle East horizons this is a good place to start

    5. Lots of history and maps You may understand the Ukraine in an abstract way The big powers draw the boundaries and divide the spoils with no understanding of the ethnic groups dispersed Wars are about access and trade.

    6. This is an exceptional book and should be read by anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of the history of the Arab peoples, the spread of Islam and the seemingly intractable challenges that face the modern world as religion, politics and war have brought the Islamic faith into sharp focus.

    7. Many times short handing a subject in effect short changes the matter Such is not entirely the case in A Concise History of the Arabs Although, it does suffer from some superficial glossing over history not much can be expected from a book that promises to be concise The defining feature of this book is its one of the first books to break away from orientalist views of the Region and shows that McHugo is an invested individual that has spent time in the region and can successfully empathize wit [...]

    8. Many times short handing a subject in effect short changes the matter Such is not entirely the case in A Concise History of the Arabs Although, it does suffer from some superficial glossing over history not much can be expected from a book that promises to be concise The defining feature of this book is its one of the first books to break away from orientalist views of the Region and shows that McHugo is an invested individual that has spent time in the region and can successfully empathize wit [...]

    9. This book does exactly what it says on the cover deliver concisely a history of the Arabs from Ancient times to modern, through the birth of Islam to the politicised religious conflicts of the present Inevitably, such a broad canvas cannot include everything, but McHugo has selected his material judiciously and maintains a solid momentum so that the reader s interest never flags.

    10. This book had just enough detail for me this is definitely a CONCISE history but so lucidly written there s a danger of believing you actually understand the history of this turbulent part of the world surely something everybody is wondering about at the moment The author doesn t manage to mask his strong views on Israel but, apart from that it s well balanced Highly recommended.

    11. Concise and comprehensive Wouldn t hesitate to recommend to any English reader hoping to earn a better understanding of the history of the Middle East, Islam, and Arabic peoples over the last 1500 years or so.

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