Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires (Hardback)Tim Mackintosh-Smith (author)
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Gorgeously packed in gold foil and packed with exciting and illuminating scholarship, this beautiful book is a treat. Astoundingly comprehensive, Tim Mackintosh-Smith’s book is a survey of multiplicity, taking in the rich tapestry of influences – artistic, geographical, religious, linguistic - that have shaped Arabic culture over the last 3,000 years. As the Times describes, ‘it is it is rare to encounter the combination of commanding erudition and swashbuckling prose on such a grand scale’ and this absorbing, beautifully written book deserves to be widely read.
A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone
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.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 656
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
'Masterly and brilliant.' - Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem
'Quite brilliant. Arabs is well written with personal touches of someone who has experienced the last thirty years of Arab history at the very centre of things.' - Philip Kennedy, author of Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition
'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