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By Adam LeBor

ISBN-10: 1408827697

ISBN-13: 9781408827697

Jaffa - famed for its orange groves - was once for hundreds of years a urban of investors, retailers, academics and directors, domestic to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. that's, till the founding of the nation of Israel, which used to be concurrently a second of jubilation for the Jews and a catastrophe - the Naqba - for the 100,000 Arabs who fled Jaffa in 1948. during the tales of six households - 3 Arab and 3 Jewish - Adam LeBor delicately illuminates the complexity of contemporary Israel, going past the media stereotypes and political rhetoric to inform a relocating human tale. From the Christian Arab car-dealer, the Jewish coffee-and-spice service provider and the Arab baker who makes bread for the full neighborhood, to the Jewish schoolgirl who befriends an Arab drug broker, those humans attempt to make a lifestyles in a rustic born of clash.

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The rates of conversion were probably faster in Iraq and slower in Egypt. With the exception of Persia, most of the population of the core area adopted Arabic as their language. Three other aspects of the early period of Islam are important for understand­ ing the subsequent history of the region. First, after the death of Muhammad, there T h e Is la m ic W o rld a t t h e T im e o f M u h a m m a d to 750 18 THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST was the question of whether or not there should be a leader of the Islamic commu­ nity and, if so, who that leader should be.

1660s or 1670s. Notice the Dutch supplicant on the shah's right. {F r o m : L a y la 5. , R o y a l P e r s ia n P a in t in g s : T h e Q a ja r E p o c h , 1 7 8 5 -1 9 2 5 ( B r o o k ly n : B r o o k ly n M u s e u m o f A r t in a s s o c i a t i o n w it h LB . T a u ru a , 1988), p . ) century, or that populations were better able to control the spread o f in fectiou s diseases. W hatever the reason, historians argue that the increase in population put trem endous pressure on available resources and sparked an inflation as d em an d for go o d s began to exceed supply.

It was therefore assumed that they would be entirely dependent on—and loyal to—those masters. Nevertheless, since mamluk armies often held the balance of power, they were known to seize it. For example, in 1250 slave soldiers of a local dynasty in Cairo pushed aside their former masters and began to rule in their own right. Replenishing their ranks with new mamluks, often from the Caucasus, they ruled independently until 1517 and continued to exercise power in Egypt until the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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