A Concise History of the Middle East (7th Edition) by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

By Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

The 7th version of Arthur Goldschmidt’s greatly acclaimed textual content has been commonly revised to mirror the newest scholarship and the latest occasions within the heart East, together with a cultured dialogue of the existence and project of the Prophet Muhammad and a explanation of the points of the Palestinian-Israeli clash. As an advent to the background of this turbulent area from the beginnings of Islam to the current day, the ebook is wonderful by means of its transparent variety, wide scope, and balanced therapy. Written for students, the textual content assumes no past wisdom of center jap historical past. It specializes in the evolution of Islamic associations and tradition, the effect of the West, the modernization efforts of heart japanese governments, the fight of varied peoples for political independence, the process the Arab-Israeli clash, the reassertion of Islamic values and tool, the aftermath of the Gulf warfare, and matters surrounding the Palestinian query. This version additionally contains a specified and up-to-date chronology, a thesaurus of names and phrases, and a bibliographic essay directory books and different resources that may turn out useful to either academics and scholars. Maps, tables, and figures increase the price of this variation.

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Southern Arabia, with its monsoonal rain and lush vegetation, seemed a world apart, butit fostered the growth of several city-states. Saba (whence came that mythic queen of Sheba to call on Solomon) is the best known. Even before the time of Christ, its people, the Sabaeans, had developed a thriving trade between their base in Yemen and the far shores of the Indian Ocean. They were the first people to make India and its products known to the Roman world and to colonize East Africa. The Sabaeans dammed up mountain streams and terraced the Yemen hillsides to support anelaborate agriculture.

The speech and writing of pious Muslims arestudded with Quranic expressions. No other book has affectedso many mindsso powerfully for so long. Messengers God’s books were revealed to mortal people called prophets or messengers. AlthoughIslamstressesthatMuhammad was thelast of the prophets, Muslimsrecognize and venerate many others, including Adam, Noah, Abraham,Moses, Jonah, and Job.

The latter was divided among thewarriors, except for a fifth that the Prophet took to support poor members of the ummah. In addition, the victory Badr at enhanced theprestige of Islam-and of Medina-in the eyes of the tribal Arabs. Even though the Meccans avenged themselves on theMuslims in 625 at Uhud, just northof Medina, they could not take the city itself. The ummah survived. Islam was taking root and could notbe wiped out. In 627 Mecca sent a larger force to capture Medina, but theMuslims foiled the armyby digging a trench around the city’s vulnerable parts.

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