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Business and Polity explores, through a variety of economic and political formations over the past two and a half millennia, right from the Greco-Roman civilization to present day globalization, the behavior of two power networks: those who control the levers of political power and those who engage themselves in wealth-generating activities. It traces the dynamics of interdependence between these two powerful networks and what happens when one or the other becomes more powerful.
The rational and logical approach taken by the author reveals the links that our modern state of affairs has with the experience of past civilizations—knowledge that can potentially enhance our ability to make informed decisions to shape the global future. Though the content is academic and interdisciplinary in scope and nature, its lucid presentation will appeal to a wide range of readers who are interested in geopolitical issues and economic, political and business history.
Chapter 5: An Intimidating Colossus: The Arab Miracle
An Intimidating Colossus: The Arab Miracle
If the ancient world was dominated by the Greeks, Romans, Indians and the Chinese, the Middle Ages were dominated by the Arabs. They made a part of the world map—most of the Middle East and the whole of north Africa—indelibly their own. Most of the people living in this region today speak Arabic and call themselves Arab in one sense or another. At its peak in the second half of the first millennium, the Arab Empire stretched from Spain to China and was twice as large as the Roman Empire had been; through trade and cultural expansion, the Arabs carried their Muslim faith far beyond their borders, into the heart of Asia, down into ...