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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 ...

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