Fourteen Centuries of the Arab Homelands

In my trip to Lebanon last year, I spotted in an Arabic language school this timeline of the Arab world since the growth of Islam. The chart was published in the late 1980s, and the timeline goes up from 530 until 1986.

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The timeline is a fun way to see the history of the Arab world, and I spent some time looking at the timeline. But without being seen as a critic, I do have an issue with the accuracy of some of the information.

Granted, the chart is many decades old, and accurate records (and the Internet) may not have been so available to the authors of the chart. But if I were to amend the chart with regard to just the UAE in recent years, I think the image on the right reflects some amendments that correct some of the years, and are the minimum amendments that would have to make. (The lefthand timeline reflects the original map, and the righthand timeline reflects my amendments.)

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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5 Responses to Fourteen Centuries of the Arab Homelands

  1. Josh says:

    I want one of these.

  2. Curzon says:

    Click on the photo and you can at least get a full-size version of the chart. As I said, it really could be improved.

  3. RJ says:

    Great find. I actually find the level of detail in the original map quite okay. If we’re going to start breaking down the timeline with every ruling tribe in every Arab homeland, I fear we might not get very far! For e.g., I could make a case for the inclusion of at least the al-Qasimis of Ras al-Khaimah, in addition to the Nahyans and the Maktoums — they were (maybe still are) fiercely independent, particularly at the time of the formation of the UAE

  4. Curzon says:

    True, but I include the Al Qawasim/Qawasimi of Ras Al Khaimah in my split — the current rulers are distant cousins of each other, as two brothers split the Qawasim territory in the mid-19th century, resulting in the separate emirates that exist today.

  5. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    To be kind to less-educated readers, you might have added which Emirates ‘belonged’ to each family – the Al Qawasins have Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah? But a great find!!