Islamic imperialism : a history / Efraim Karsh.
By: Karsh, EfraimMaterial type: TextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006Description: 276 p. : maps ; 25 cmISBN: 0300106033 (cl. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Islam -- History | Islamic Empire -- History | Imperialism -- History | Jihad | Islam -- Histoire | Impérialisme -- Histoire | Jih*ad | Empire islamique -- HistoireDDC classification: 325/.32091767 LOC classification: BP52 | .K37 2006
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -264) and index.
From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, 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 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, and that foremost is Islam's millennarian imperial tradition. Attacks such as September 11 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.--From publisher description.
The warrior prophet -- The rise and fall of Islam's first empire -- The best of times, the worst of times -- The house of Islam and the house of war -- The last great Islamic empire -- The price of empire -- Mishandling the great game -- The rise of the Arab imperial dream -- An Arab Caesar -- A reckoning of sorts -- The tail that wags the dog -- Renewing the quest for Allah's empire -- Bin Laden's holy war.