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A brilliant survey of the history and civilisations of the Middle East by one of the world's greatest authorities on the subject In this immensely readable and wide-ranging book, Bernard Lewis charts the successive transformations of the Middle East, beginning with the two great empires, the Roman and the Persian, and covering the growth of Christianity, the rise and spread of Islam, the waves of invaders from the east, the Mongol hordes of Jengiz Khan, the rise of the Ottoman Turks, and the changing balance of power between the Muslim and Christian worlds. 'This book is a masterpiece' Sir Anthony Parsons, Daily Telegraph

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842121399
ISBN-10: 1842121391
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 136mm x 35mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Birthplace of three religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, a crossroads of inter-continental trade and a major centre of ideas, the Middle East has played a leading role in the history of the world. Successively invaded (and transformed) by the Romans, Persians, Mongols, Ottomans, Mamluks and Iranian Safavids, the Middle East has for 13 centuries been the sustaining core of Islamic civilization in an often bitter confrontation with Western Christendom, yet making at least as great a contribution to the life of Christian Mediterranean Europe as Europe in the last 200 years has, by its technological dominance, made on the heartlands of Islam. At a time when a new chapter seems to be opening up in the rivalry between Islam and the West, this accessible and wide-ranging survey of 2000 years of Middle Eastern history by one of our leading Middle East scholars deserves to be widely read. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis, a world-respected authority on Islamic and Middle Eastern history, is Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University, where he has been since 1974. Born in London in 1916, he was Professor of the History of the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1949-74. His numerous books on the Middle and Near East have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Malay and Indonesian .

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