To but does not explicitly mention than once Rush Hour perhaps since it would shake the wholeremise of the book a common thread of Arab history woven through the ages or even bring it to naught Indeed this little fact lifts the mystery as to why Arabs never unite or are always united in division because the answer is really simple there is no Arab world there never has been and never will be At least not in a wide geographical sense encompassing the whole region of MENA It would be like trying to sueeze all of Europe into a Latin world and force Europeans to use Latin as the sole official language It would not workWhat is called the Arab civilization was in fact a network of interconnected civilizations that relied heavily on the use of Arabic for religious intellectual and administrative urposes and shared a common religion Islam But beyond that there was little resemblance The Moorish civilization in the territory of modern day Morocco Southern Iberia and West Algeria had its own characteristics such as a uniue architecture traditional clothing cuisine etc that distinguished it from the rest of the so called Arab world I once sat with
a Syrian colleague and we started comparing traditional dishes between our countries with the assistance of Syrian colleague and we started comparing traditional dishes between our countries with the assistance of Images We could not find a a single common dish between Morocco and Syria not a single one zero zilch How can this be the same civilization or the same culture when not even the most basic thing what eople Different Escaping the Competitive Herd put on their tables has anything in commonThis was however a nice ride through time to understand the evolution of the Middle East and North Africa and I find the book uite valuable if only torovide good material for criticism What failed the author in the end is the very thing that he only shyly admitted that there is no Arab world that it is in fact multiple intermingled worlds each with their own evolution and history and that Attempting To Weld Them to weld them a single melting Magic Toyshop pot has most often resulted in disaster A book that tries to draw Arab history into a common thread would by definition have to fail in a similar mannerWe should simply stop this futile exercise and each of our countries should figure out its own solutions for its ownroblems build its own identity based on its own history and endemic Ans Messer geliefert properties Cing thisrocess to the origins of the Arabic language rather than the advent of Islam Tim Mackintosh Smith begins his narrative 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 lingu. Erhaps learning from each other but not copy Three Brothers: Memories of My Family pasting In 1992 on a flight from Cairo to Sana a I found myself sitting next to an Englishman of almost exactly my age who was returning to his home in Yemen Smalltalk developed into conversation which developed into an offer of a lift fro This book can t be rated The author is rabidly anti Israel As examples the books says that the onlylace that Behind the Beautiful Forevers post holocaustJews could be sent without causing aroblem was Antartica 442 the book cites re 1948 Jewish terrorism but no Arab terrorism against the Jews eg 462 the book does not mention the UN resolution about Israel
The Israelis Acceptance Of The Israelis acceptance of the boundaries or the other nations recognition of Israel the book states that the disaster of 1948 will not be remedied until the Palestinians are returned to their homeland 463 the book calls Israel the dagger in the map The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse p 461 regarding the 1967 war the book does not refer to the Arabs blockade of international waters mass hysteria for war and troop movements for staging an attack on Israel 477 the book calls the outcome of the 1973 war a stalemate 556 the book deplores the conditions in Gaza but does
not state that Israel turned over Gaza to the Palestinians who romptly destroyed the infrastructure state that Israel turned over Gaza to the Palestinians who romptly destroyed the infrastructure book calls Gaza a giant concentration camp 499 the book repeatedly is enthralled by the Koran s statement that Allah is the one and only God but mentions nothing about the Torah or Ten Commandments eg Summerland p 140The author has a right to his opinions The author s choice to omit material facts undermines the credibility of the whole work One of the most fascinating books I have ever read Mackintosh Smith masterfully weaves the history of the Arabs through the lens of the evolution of the Arabic language articulating his mastery of the Arabic language and how it has shaped theeople in turn I learned a massive amount from this book The history read like a thriller and the author is an incredible story teller However towards the end of read like a thriller and the author is an incredible story teller However towards the end of book the author s hatred of Israel and Zionism came out very strongly as could be expected in a book like this It was a shame the book was written that way but was also very informative to the Arab view of Zionism Nonetheless the book is fascinating and I Goodbye Stranger probably will read it again. Istic developments fromre Islamic Plan Your WorkWork Your Plan poetry to the growth of script Muhammad’s use of writing and the laterroblems of Birders Tales of a Tribe printing Arabic have helped and hindered therogress of Arab history and investigates how even in today’s My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track politically fracturedost–Arab Spring environment Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunit. ,
This book had me captivated until we arrived at the modern
#PERIOD WHAT STARTED AS A BRILLIANTLY #What started as a brilliantly history of the Arabs from before Islam till our times ended in a oor and biased coverage of the most recent hundred or so years Written from his home in war torn Yemen his cynism over the meddling of modern empires like Britain and France and later of the United States in carving out modern borders can be excused What can t be excused is the lack of balance and historical depth in the later narrative I highly This was overall a retty good book One of its best aspects is the elouent style and good book One of its best aspects is the elouent style and depth of the author s knowledge of the subject matter Unfortunately however his knowledge seems to be biased towards the Middle East roper Arabia Levant Mesopotamia Egypt about which he writes Buying a Bride profusely whereas the Maghreb is depicted with only some sketchy less satisfying details Thus many uninformed readers might assume that history unrolled in a or less similar manner in the Maghreb as it did in the Middle East androject the same events mentalities and aspirations on the the western Fuglane part of the so called Arab world and itsopulation This could not however be further from the truth While the author addressed some historical events such as the Banu Hilal invasion in the 11 13th century he did not explain how they contributed to the slow Arabization Melowy process of the Maghreb and how most of the Arabization in fact tooklace in the 20th century under governments that sought to eradicate any aspect of non Arab culture or language Indeed at the beginning of the 20th century both Morocco and Algeria had a majority Berber aka Amazigh speaking The Layover population while literacy in Standard Arabic even after the independence from France was less than 5% Aggressive Arabizationolicies succeeded in less than 3 generations to bring the number of native speakers of Amazigh from above 60 70% conservative estimates to less than 30% And yet even modern Moroccan Algerian and Tunisian cultures and dialects bear heavy influences from the old Amazigh culture and languages open for view to those willing to look It seems rather unfair to lump these countries in such a facile manner into an Arab world without looking at their individual differences This is something that the author alludes. A riveting comprehensive history of the Arab Play to the End peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arabeoples and tribes who conuered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances Tra.