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The Arab World's Legacy


Essays by Charles Issawi



About the Book:

    These essays, written over a period of thirty years, crystallize Professor Issawi's insights on Arab civilization. They cover a wide variety of subjects: cultural and demographic history, economics, and politics--from the seventh century to the present. About half the book is devoted to the formative period of classical Islamic civilization; the other half is devoted to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These views give an idea of the size complexity, and structure of a vast, ancient, and modern civilization.


About the Author:

    The late Charles Issawi was Bayard Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, Princeton University.



    Issawi's sharp deductive mind distills new conclusions, and draws out novel projections. Lucidity of style and wit refresh this body of knowledge and make it exciting reading at any time.

International Journal of Middle East Studies


    Charles Issawi is at home in the politics and economics of the contemporary Middle East, but he likes to look at them in long historical perspective. These collected essays . . . are written with sound scholarship and urbane detachment.

—Foreign Affairs


1981; reprinted, 1989

Notes; index

Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9 cm); 378 pages

CIP L.C. 81-3279

ISBN 978-0-87850-039-0  (hardbound) $19.95  (Out of print)

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