A Concise History of the Arabs


The key to understanding the Arab world today is unlocking its past. In this authoritative account, John McHugo takes the reader through the political, social and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. Going beyond the headlines, he describes in vivid detail a series of key turning points in Arab history from the mission of the Prophet Muhammad and the expansion of Islam to the region’s interaction with Western ideas and the rise of Islamism. Now fully updated to cover the tumultuous years since the Arab Spring, this lucidly told history reveals how the Arab world came to have its present form and illuminates the choices that lie ahead.

This book is in a paperback format and measures 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm.



  • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Weight: 341 g
  • Author: John McHugo
  • Publisher: Saqi Books; 2nd edition (2014)
  • Pages:‎ 384 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0863567421