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Revisit the Grandeur of Abu Dhabi’s Rich History

The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is the UAE’s second largest city with a population of around 900,000. The city which is the country’s political, economic and industrial hub is a sprawling metropolis and has seen a phenomenal growth during the past decade or so. Tourism plays a big role in Abu Dhabi and the city’s many interesting sites as well the shopping scene attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Among the many interesting historical tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi, the Al Hosn Palace takes centre stage. Also known as the ‘White Fort’ or ‘Old Fort’, the Al Hosn Palace is in fact Abu Dhabi’s oldest building that still stands today. It was originally built over 200 years ago by Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Zayed Al Nahyan when the seat of government was shifted to Abu Dhabi in 1793.

The Al Hosn Palace is located on Sheikh Zayed the First Street on the same premises as the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation which hosts the Documentation and Research Center. The palace itself is separated in to 2 main sections. The Old Fort showcases the original structure dating back to Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan the ruler of the city from 1845 to 1855. The second section consists of the part of the palace which was added on in 1936 by Sheikh Shakhboot. The Al Hosn Palace is indeed an excellent location for tourists to catch a glimpse of the rich history the city of Abu Dhabi boasts of.

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Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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The Oxford History of Islam

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Lavishly illustrated with over 300 pictures, including more than 200 in full color, The Oxford History of Islam offers the most wide-ranging and authoritative account available of the second largest–and fastest growing–religion in the world. John L. Esposito, Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, has gathered together sixteen leading scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to examine the origins and historical development of Islam–its faith, community, institutions, sciences, and arts.

Beginning in the pre-Islamic Arab world, the chapters range from the story of Muhammad and his Companions, to the development of Islamic religion and culture and the empires that grew from it, to the influence that Islam has on today’s world. The book covers a wide array of subjects, casting light on topics such as the historical encounter of Islam and Christianity, the role of Islam in the Mughal and Ottoman empires, the growth of Islam in Southeast Asia, China, and Africa, the political, economic, and religious challenges of European imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Islamic communities in the modern Western world. In addition, the book offers excellent articles on Islamic religion, art and architecture, and sciences as well as bibliographies. Events in the contemporary world have led to an explosion of interest and scholarly work on Islam. Written for the general reader but also appealing to specialists, The Oxford History of Islam offers the best of that recent scholarship, presented in a readable style and complemented by a rich variety of illustrations.

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The entire history of Islamic civilization is, of course, too much to cover in a single volume, but John Esposito comes close. In a book topping 700 pages and containing over 300 photographs, Esposito brings together experts in fields such as early Islamic history, art and architecture, science and medicine, Islam in Africa and Southeast Asia, and contemporary Islam. Beginners will be swimming in new discoveries, while old hands will find connections and facts they never suspected.

The Oxford History of Islam

Majid Fakhry, for instance, shows not only the influence of philosopher Ibn Rushd (Averroes) on European intellectuals but also unveils the claims and counterclaims within Islamic philosophy over time. Dru Gladney takes us on an eye-opening journey through Islamic Central Asia and even China, where the Muslim Hui people are recognized as the country’s third-largest minority nationality. And have you ever seen an exquisite mosque with towering spires made entirely of mud-brick, like there are in West Africa? Unfortunately, Esposito apparently couldn’t find room here for separate sections on Sufism or Islamic literature, but there are more than enough mosques, paintings, historical maps, and tapestries throughout to keep you turning pages and learning with fascination. –Brian Bruya

The Oxford History of Islam

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Dubai: Dubai. History of Dubai, Geography of the United Arab Emirates, Politics of the United Arab Emirates, Human rights in Dubai, Demographics of Dubai, Economy of Dubai

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Dubai. History of Dubai, Geography of the United Arab Emirates, Politics of the United Arab Emirates, Human rights in Dubai, Demographics of Dubai, Economy of Dubai, Developments in Dubai, Tourism in Dubai, Education in Dubai Radio and television channels of Dubai, Transportation in Dubai, List of tallest buildings in Dubai, Dubai International Airport, List of shopping malls in Dubai.

Dubai: Dubai. History of Dubai, Geography of the United Arab Emirates, Politics of the United Arab Emirates, Human rights in Dubai, Demographics of Dubai, Economy of Dubai

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Telling Tales : An Oral History of Dubai

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BBC Gulf Correspondent Julia Wheeler was granted the unique privilege to talk to some of Dubai’s founding citizens about how life once was in this mesmerising emirate. This collection of stories provides a rare insight into a city that has undergone one of the most dramatic metamorphoses in modern history. Paul Thuysbaert’s intuitive and imaginative portraits transport these stories into the present and give Dubai a compelling face.

Telling Tales : An Oral History of Dubai

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The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs

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The conflict in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbors is given comprehensive treatment in this two-video set produced by PBS. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with participants, the production begins by explaining conditions in Palestine at the end of World War II and the crisis created by the exodus of European Jews who went to the Middle East after the Holocaust. The withdrawal of the British, who had controlled Palestine for decades, is detailed, as is the creation of the state of Israel. Much of the region’s history is complex, with the local struggles being conducted at times as a part of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, but these videos do an admirable job of explaining the complexities of the situation. The segment on the Six Day War, for example, is masterful, with the scenes shifting from Israel to Egypt to Washington to Moscow, the story developing before the viewer’s eyes. The 50 Years War is often a tale of mistrust and betrayal, but this production strives to present a balanced view of history, and is not only impressive for its command of the facts but for its skillful and often dramatic presentation of history. –Robert J. McNamara

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs

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Dubai: Behind an Urban Spectacle

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Yasser Elsheshtawy explores Dubai’s history from its beginnings as a small fishing village to its place on the world stage today, using historical narratives, travel descriptions, novels and fictional accounts by local writers to bring colour to his history of the city’s urban development.

With the help of case studies and surveys this book explores the economic and political forces driving Dubai’s urban growth, its changing urbanity and its place within the global city network. Uniquely, it looks beyond the glamour of Dubai’s mega-projects, and provides an in-depth exploration of a select set of spaces which reveal the city’s ‘inner life’.

Dubai: Behind an Urban Spectacle

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History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict , A

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This concise and comprehensive survey presents balanced, impartial, and well-illustrated coverage of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The authors identify and examine the issues and themes that have characterized and defined the conflict over the past century. The Sixth Edition examines many of the developments that have occurred during the first decade of the 21st century.

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1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

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This history of the foundational war in the Arab-Israeli conflict is groundbreaking, objective, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the military engagements, it also focuses on the war’s political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the motives and aims of the protagonists on the basis of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the archives are still closed—is illuminated with the help of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

 

Morris stresses the jihadi character of the two-stage Arab assault on the Jewish community in Palestine. Throughout, he examines the dialectic between the war’s military and political developments and highlights the military impetus in the creation of the refugee problem, which was a by-product of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The book thoroughly investigates the role of the Great Powers—Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the conflict and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris looks both at high politics and general staff decision-making processes and at the nitty-gritty of combat in the successive battles that resulted in the emergence of the State of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab world, a humiliation that underlies the continued Arab antagonism toward Israel.

 

1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

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A History of the Arab People: Second Edition

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Upon its publication in 1991, Albert Hourani’s masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization, and became both a bestseller and an instant classic. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally shaped the Arab world. Now this seminal book is available in an expanded second edition. Noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven brings the story… More >> A History of the Arab Peoples: Second Edition

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