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Author Mackintosh-Smith, Tim, 1961- author.

Title Arabs : a 3,000-year history of peoples, tribes and empires / Tim Mackintosh-Smith.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]


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 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  909.04972 MACKINTOSH-SMITH    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  909.04927 MACKINTOSH-SMITH    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  909.04 MAC    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  909.0492 M21A    Check Shelf
Description xxvi, 630 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 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.
Contents Foreword : the wheel and the hourglass -- Introduction : gathering the word -- Emergence: 900 BC- AD 600 -- Revolution: 600-630 -- Dominance: 630-900 -- Decline: 900-1350 -- Eclipse: 1350-1800 -- Emergence: 1800-now -- Afterword : in the station of history -- Chronology.
Subject Arabs -- History.
Arabic language -- Social aspects.
Arabic language -- Foreign countries.
Arabs -- Language.
Arabic language -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00812426
Sociolinguistics. (OCoLC)fst01123847
ISBN 9780300180282 (hardcover)
0300180284 (hardcover)
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