Author(s): Marozzi, Justin
The world of Islam has produced some of the greatest cities ever seen. At their zenith they have been highly cultured, cosmopolitan and commercial, rich from exchange with nations across the globe. During their nadir, they have become cultural wastelands- introverted, narrow, frequently cruel and dangerous.
This epic history of the Middle East alights on fifteen cities at key - important, glorious, ascendant, prosperous, ruinous, tragic, violent - moments in the fifteen centuries since the birth of Islam. Ranging from Mecca in the seventh century to the extraordinary emergence of Dubai from an empty desert in the twentieth, the book traces a number of fundamental world-changing themes and how they have unfolded during the evolution of the urban Middle East- religion, cosmopolitanism and relations between the three Abrahamic faiths; trade, tribe and tolerance; cultural innovation and cultural introspection; competition and conflict; nationalism and colonialism; the projection of power and its architectural realization.
As with his acclaimed Baghdad- City of Peace, City of Blood, Justin Marozzi captivatingly combines history with reportage, and places storytelling and incident to the fore.
About the author:
Justin Marozzi is a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society and a Senior Research Fellow at Buckingham University. A former Financial Times and Economist foreign correspondent, he has spent much of the past two decades living and working in the Middle East. His previous books include South from Barbary- Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan Sahara (2001), the bestselling Tamberlane- Sword of Islam (2004), The Man Who Invented History- Travels with Herodotus (2008) and Baghdad- City of Peace, City of Blood (2014), which won the Ondaatje Prize.
Number of Pages: 464
Publication Date: 20190903
Publisher: Penguin UK
Product Form: Hardback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 239 mm163 mm40 mm
Weight: 736 gr
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