Islamic Imperialism: A History

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Yale University Press, 2007 - 284 Seiten
From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, Karsh contends that the region's experience is the culmination of long-existing indigenous trends, passions, and patterns of behavior, and that foremost among these is Islam's millenarian imperial tradition.
The author explores the history of Islam's imperialism and the persistence of the Ottoman imperialist dream that outlasted World War I to haunt Islamic and Middle Eastern politics to the present day. September 11 can be seen as simply the latest expression of this dream, and such attacks have little to do with U.S. international behavior or policy in the Middle East, says Karsh. The House of Islam's war for world mastery is traditional, indeed venerable, and it is a quest that is far from over.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

Very interesting book. Couple of key bits of information. Islam was movement that conquered many people and lands. Even plundering into Italy and Spain. The crusades were a reaction to some degree to ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - lethalox - LibraryThing

It is a good source for overview information on the history of the Middle East, but I find that the author left out many items of interest. Specifically what about Islam outside of the Middle East ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction
1
1 The Warrior Prophet
9
2 The Rise and Fall of Islams First Empire
21
3 The Best of Times the Worst of Times
40
4 The House of Islam and the House of War
62
5 The Last Great Islamic Empire
84
6 The Price of Empire
104
7 Mishandling the Great Game
114
9 An Arab Caesar
144
10 A Reckoning of Sorts
165
11 The Tail That Wags the Dog
186
12 Renewing the Quest for Allahs Empire
207
13 Bin Ladens Holy War
220
Epilogue
229
Notes
235
Index
265

8 The Rise of the Arab Imperial Dream
127

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Über den Autor (2007)

Efraim Karsh is professor and head of the Mediterranean Studies Programme, King's College, University of London. He has published extensively and often served as a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs, Soviet foreign policy, and European neutrality. His books include Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923 and Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography.

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