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Essential Studies on the Modern Middle East

Provides a basic introduction to the modern Middle East

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"The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature is a series of collaborative volumes covering the field from early Islam up to the present day. Contributors from around the world explore the extraordinary diversity of that literature and how it evolved under the influence of adjacent civilizations, and those the Arabs came to inhabit." You can also view the entire Cambridge History of Arabic Literature collection. Otherwise the various volumes can be found below.

"The New Cambridge History of Islam offers a comprehensive history of Islamic civilization, tracing its development from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia to its wide and varied presence in the globalised world of today and focusing on the cultural, social and religious diversity of the peoples of the Muslim world." -The New Cambridge History of Islam

The Venture of Islam has been honored as a magisterial work of the mind since its publication in early 1975. In this three-volume study, illustrated with charts and maps, Hodgson traces and interprets the historical development of Islamic civilization from before the birth of Muhammad to the middle of the twentieth century. This work grew out of the famous course on Islamic civilization that Hodgson created and taught for many years at the University of Chicago. "This is a nonpareil work, not only because of its command of its subject but also because it demonstrates how, ideally, history should be written."—The New Yorker

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