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Tim Mackintosh-Smith

The Arabs have had a dramatic and multifaceted journey through history, marked by various phases such as desert roaming, intellectual and scientific advancements, military conquests driven by religious fervor, and exploratory voyages for wealth. However, in recent times, challenges such as colonialism, Zionism, and autocracy have hindered social and political progress in the Arab region.

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Arabs delves extensively into the 3,000-year heritage of the people commonly referred to as Arabs. It examines the factors that led to the development of Arab identity as a collective and those that have continued to divide them throughout history.

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The Arabs have had a dramatic and multifaceted journey through history, marked by various phases such as desert roaming, intellectual and scientific advancements, military conquests driven by religious fervor, and exploratory voyages for wealth. However, in recent times, challenges such as colonialism, Zionism, and autocracy have hindered social and political progress in the Arab region.

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Early Arabs centered their existence on three essential elements – water, commerce, and conflict.

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Through cultural, political, and religious progress, the Arabs, who were previously separate, became unified and powerful as a collective entity.

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Empowered by Muhammad's charisma and the compelling message of the Qur'an, Islam evolved into an indomitable force.

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Internal turmoil would have a profound effect on the development of Islam as Arab armies embarked on conquests across the globe.

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From the high point represented by leaders such as Nasser, the Arab world of today has fallen into a deep state of disillusionment and despair.

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