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By William L. Cleveland, Martin Bunton

ISBN-10: 0813343747

ISBN-13: 9780813343747

This complete paintings offers a penetrating research of recent center jap historical past, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, during the problem of Western imperialism, to the yank invasion of Iraq and Iran’s new effect within the sector. After introducing the reader to the region’s background from the origins of Islam within the 7th century, A heritage of the trendy center East specializes in the previous centuries of profound and infrequently dramatic swap. even if equipped round a framework of political background, the e-book additionally rigorously integrates social, cultural, and financial advancements right into a unmarried, expertly crafted account. In updating this fourth version of the overdue William Cleveland’s renowned introductory textual content, Martin Bunton addresses contemporary transformative advancements within the heart East, charting the decline within the peace customers among Israelis and Palestinians, elaborating upon the resurgence of Islam, and devoting a brand new bankruptcy to “America’s stricken second within the center East,” which info the aftermath of the Iraq conflict and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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The widespread experience of the Arabs in warfare was to be a significant factor in the early expansion of Islam. Notwithstanding the divisions inherent in the tribal structure of pre-Islamic Arabia, forces of cultural unity were present. The Bedouin ethos of bravery and honor was celebrated in a special style of Arabic poetry known as a qasidah. The existence of this poetry, which was recited at market fairs and tribal gatherings, has convinced historians that the Arabs of the seventh century possessed a common poetic language that could be understood in different regions of the peninsula.

Muhammad was invited as a mediator and was promised by Medinan representatives that any Muslims who accompanied him would receive protection. In 622 the small community of Muslims gradually migrated from Mecca to Medina. The event, known as the hijrah (emigration), marks a turning point in the development of Islam: 622 is the first year of the Muslim calendar. During his ten years in Medina, Muhammad’s status rose dramatically. From a scorned prophet with few followers, he became the head of a small state and the dominant figure throughout Arabia.

In 945 an Iranian military dynasty, the Buyids, took over temporal power in Baghdad, reducing the caliph to a figurehead and ensuring that the Iranian ruler exercised decisionmaking authority in the Abbasid Empire. According to this interpretation, the weaknesses that beset the Abbasids in the late tenth century caused Islam to enter into a long period of political and cultural decline that was intensified by the empire’s destruction in 1258 and continued until the consolidation of the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

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