Arabs in History (6th Edition)
`Whoever lives in our country, speaks our language, is broughtup in our culture and takes pride in our glory is one of us.' Thusran a declaration of modern leaders of Arab states. But whatexactly is an Arab, and what has been their place in the course ofhuman history?In this well-established classic, Professor Lewis examines thekey issues of Arab development - their identity, the nationalrevival which cemented the creation of the Islamic state, and thesocial and economic pressures that destroyed the Arab kingdom andcreated the Islamic empire. He analyses the forces whichcontributed to that empire's eventual decline, and the effects ofgrowing Western influence. Today, with the Arab world facingprofound social and political challenges, it constitutesan essential introduction to the Arabs and their history.