's A History of the Arab Peoples
reviews Arab history
, from the time of Mohammed
to the present day. Actually, the book
concentrates on social
, power structures, etc.) much more than traditional history. The writing is somewhat dry and esoteric, as you might expect from an Oxford scholar
I had mixed feelings about the book. For someone like myself, who knows little about the region, a more engaging traditional history would be preferable. Hourani's work is probably an excellent book for someone who already knows a good deal about the Arab world, judging from the accolades that it received.