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Imagining the Arabs: Arab Identity and the Rise of Islam

Peter Webb


Who are the Arabs? When did people begin calling themselves Arabs? And what was the Arabs’ role in the rise of Islam? Investigating these core questions about Arab identity and history by marshalling the widest array of Arabic sources employed hitherto, and by interpreting the evidence with the aid of theories of identity and ethnicity, Imagining the Arabs proposes new answers to the riddle of Arab origins and fundamental reinterpretations of early Islamic history. It is revealed that the time-honoured stereotypes which depict Arabs as ancient Arabian Bedouin are entirely misleading because th ... More

Keywords: Arab identity, Islam, Arab history, Middle Eastern history, Arabic literature, ethnicity, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474408264
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Webb, author
SOAS, University of London