History of the Arabs: From the Earliest Times to the Present

History of the Arabs: From the Earliest Times to the Present

History of the Arabs: From the Earliest Times to the Present

History of the Arabs: From the Earliest Times to the Present

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As in earlier editions--the fifth excepted--alterations in the sixth edition consisted largely of correcting misprints and minor errors, bringing certain statements and references to books up to date and introducing changes in the light of new researches. Due consideration has been given to reviews of the book in learned magazines, including reviews of translations of the work particularly into Arabic, Spanish and Urdu. Scholarly interest in the Arabic-speaking peoples and their lands has been so intensified--in both East and West--in the last few years that the alterations necessitated in this edition exceed those of any preceding one; only few pages escaped some treatment. One radical change relates to the pre-Islamic kingdoms of South Arabia (pages 52-5), where new explorations have been recently made. Of the maps several received additional place names occurring in the text, while one, page 684, had the boundaries adjusted.

In the case of the fifth edition the main change involved the addition of a new part, Part VI, under the title Ottoman Rule, which brought the history down to the present time.

The author acknowledges his indebtedness to students, colleagues, readers and friends, too numerous to name, who have personally and generously communicated their views and suggestions to him for improving the usefulness of the work.

P. K. H.

November, 1955 . . .

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