Islamic Imperialism: A History (Revised Edition) by Efraim Karsh

By Efraim Karsh

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2007. Revised version first released 2013
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From the 1st Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the final nice Muslim empire, the tale of the center East has been the tale of the increase and fall of common empires and, no less significant, of imperialist desires. So argues Efraim Karsh during this hugely provocative booklet. Rejecting the traditional Western interpretation of heart jap background as an offshoot of worldwide strength politics, Karsh contends that the region’s adventure is the end result of long-existing indigenous traits, passions, and styles of habit, and that most popular between those is Islam’s millenarian imperial tradition.

The writer explores the background of Islam’s imperialism and the endurance of the Ottoman imperialist dream that outlasted global struggle I to hang-out Islamic and center japanese politics to the current day. September eleven could be obvious as easily the most recent expression of this dream, and such assaults have little to do with U.S. foreign habit or coverage within the heart East, says Karsh. the home of Islam’s conflict for global mastery is conventional, certainly venerable, and it's a quest that's faraway from over.

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This was summarily suppressed, but nine years later Hussein, son of Ali and the Prophet’s daughter Fatima, was lured by his Kufan supporters to stake a claim to the caliphate. The Umayyad governor uncovered the plot and intercepted Hussein’s party. After a short battle, in which he received no support from the Kufans, Hussein fled to the small town of Karbala where he soon found himself under siege. The governor called upon him to surrender but Hussein, believing in his inviolability as the Prophet’s favorite grandson, remained defiant.

Yet during the caliphate of Uthman 02 Chapter 1542 36 5/2/07 11:45 Page 36 ISLAMIC IMPERIALISM the Quraishis regained their predominant position to the detriment of the Ansar and the Muhajirun. These early believers (and their descendants) were particularly incensed by the meteoric rise of the Umayyads, who had long been at the forefront of the Meccan opposition to Muhammad and who joined Islam only after its ultimate triumph. They therefore sided with Ali in his confrontation with Mu’awiya, and quickly challenged the legitimacy of Umayyad dynastical claims upon the demise of its founding father.

These early believers (and their descendants) were particularly incensed by the meteoric rise of the Umayyads, who had long been at the forefront of the Meccan opposition to Muhammad and who joined Islam only after its ultimate triumph. They therefore sided with Ali in his confrontation with Mu’awiya, and quickly challenged the legitimacy of Umayyad dynastical claims upon the demise of its founding father. The traditional Islamic aristocracy was fighting a rearguard action. Its commanding position in the imperial order of things had irrevocably been lost.

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