Arab Unity and Disunity emphasizes the significance of the historical perspective in arriving at accurate generalizations concerning the present social, economic, and political factors affecting the movement toward unity of the Arab states. Topics discussed in the book include Arab unity and disunity before, during and after Mohammed's time, the prime movers behind the Arab national movement after World War I, and the West's betrayal of the Arab cause. The book also analyzes the reasons for the inability of the Arabs to replace their local and narrow asabiyahs (solidarity, unity) with the wider, more comprehensive, Arab unity.
Fuad Baali, a naturalized American, was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He holds a doctorate from Louisiana State University. The author has taught at the University of Baghdad, University of Florida, American University of Beirut, and Kuwait University. He is Professor Emeritus at Western Kentucky University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Islam and the Arabs: Background of the Ups and Downs of Unity: The Asabiyah in Islam; The Nature of Islam; Ibn Khaldun on Nomadism and Civilization Chapter 3 Right and Might: Historical Perspective: Right and Might in Islam; Millennial Hope Chapter 4 Arab Unity and Disunity: Modern Time: Arab Unity; Determinants of Arab Unity and Religion; Efforts Toward Arab Unity; Arab Disunity; Arab Unity: Wardi's Hypothesis Chapter 5 Conclusion Chapter 6 Bibliography Chapter 7 About the Author Chapter 8 Index