Militarism in Arab Society: An Historiographical and Bibliographical Sourcebook

Militarism in Arab Society: An Historiographical and Bibliographical Sourcebook

Militarism in Arab Society: An Historiographical and Bibliographical Sourcebook

Militarism in Arab Society: An Historiographical and Bibliographical Sourcebook

Synopsis

A much needed reference aid for the academic and national defense communities, this book provides a framework for the historical and comparative study of the military culture of Arab society. In sections considering warfare in Arab traditions, military roles in medieval Islam, and Arab armies in the modern age, each chapter's bibliography is preceded by a background essay, designed to assist researchers who are unfamiliar with the general outline of Arab history or the thematic bent of Arabic historiography. The work also includes a glossary and tables of Islamic dynasties.

Excerpt

This sourcebook offers a framework for the historical and comparative study of the military culture of Arab society. Through an extensive glossary and a series of essays, arranged as chapters, it introduces key events, institutions, and issues and discusses their historiographic treatment from both internal and external perspectives. Topical bibliographic lists follow the background essays in each chapter. the purpose of this work is to provide a much-needed reference aid for use by both academic and national defense communities. It is written primarily for the following potential users: professors and students of comparative military history, national and service intelligence analysts, and students of Arab-Islamic or Middle Eastern history. However, my hope is that generalist historians will also find it useful.

For the existence of this work, I am much indebted to Dr. Robin Higham, who sponsored and encouraged the project. I would also like to thank Dr. David Nicolle, who was kind enough to review and critique the entire draft typescript, and Mr. Robert Vreeland, who assisted with the production of maps. Finally, I wish to commend anonymous staff members of the Research Center of the Marine Corps University, the Marquat Memorial Library of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and the Library of Congress, where most of my source hunting was accomplished. They all deserve some credit for this publication; however, I alone am responsible for whatever flaws exist in it.

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