A Concise History of the Arabs

  • by John McHugo
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The key to understanding the Arab world today - and in the future - is unlocking its past. John McHugo takes the reader on a journey through the political, social and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. He covers the mission of the Prophet Muhammad, the expansion of Islam, medieval and modern conflicts, the interaction with Western ideas, the struggle to escape foreign domination, the rise of Islamism, and the end of the era of dictators.
The concise history reveals how the Arab world came to have its present form, why change was inevitable and what choices lie ahead following the Arab Spring.

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Starts with the Life of Mohammed: you do the math

What disappointed you about A Concise History of the Arabs?

Might have well been "A Concise History of the Trayvon Martin Case" by Rev. Al Sharpton.


What could John McHugo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found his sanctimonious preface particularly noteworthy.


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- Peter

Useful but...

I enjoyed the opportunity tho review the history of the Arab. I would enjoy it more if the author haven't lost his cool and refrained from the emotional outbreaks when he approached modern history. Any history of the Arab world would lose its appeal with the first anti-Jewish remark just as the opposite is true.

As an alternative narrative of Muslim history I would recommend the excellent A Brief Guide to Islam by Paul Grieve also available from Audible.
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- Michael "Great fan of dogs and audio boooks!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios