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A History of the Maghrib in the Islamic Period

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Building on the two previous editions of his History of the Maghrib, Professor Abun-Nasr has written a completely new history of North Africa within the Islamic period which begins with Arab conquest and brings the story up to the present day. He emphasises the factors which led to the adoption of Islam by practically the entire population, the geographical position of the ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published December 19th 1987 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 2nd 1971)
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An excellent (and really the only English-language) overview of a region whose history is most understandable when approached on a regional basis and over a long period of time - but wow what a slow read! Ibn Khaldun may have been a genius, but his coming up with a pattern of Maghribi dynastic rise and decline is not proof ... someone with an IQ of 70 could come up with one after reading the first half of this book - the dynasties were that similar. Reader needs strong subject interest to finish ...more
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