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1976Nonfiction

The Arabs

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.

Thomas Kiernan

  • Born: 1933
  • Died: 2003

The Arabs is an authoritative firsthand portrait of the character and aspirations of this powerful and mysterious people. Chapters outlining the development of the Arab people and their Islamic religion alternate with vivid passages of reportage and conversation from the author’s own Middle East journals.

Thomas Kiernan traveled throughout the Middle East doing the research resulting in this first-hand portrait of the Arabs. Paramount in his analysis is the importance of Islam, the principal Middle Eastern religion, and how it has helped mould the character and proclivities of the “elusive, self-contradictory Arab mentality.” A provocative and invaluable inside view.