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Why did the pre-Islamic Arabs identify themselves as descendents of Ishmael?

That is actually a false perception that All Arabs consider themselves to be descendants of Ishmael. According to Arab traditions, Arabs categorized themselves into two main branches1: Adnanites ...
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Between 1948 and 1967, were Arab people in the West Bank in favour of Jordanian rule or opposed to it?

This is a bit brief, but my hunches from the comments can be summarized by these two paras from Avraham Sela's "The West Bank Under Jordan" (chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite ...
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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

The critical factor all these answers leave out: The Black Death. The Plague of Justinian swept through the Byzantine and Sassanid Empires a few generations before Islam. On the Byzantine side, the ...
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What is the historical explanation behind the name of the French village Ramatuelle?

No, there is no accepted historical explanation for the name at all — and therefore one should exercise caution to firmly assert that the name "is of Arabic origin". It may be, but it seems ...
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How widespread was the Arabic Language in Syria before Islamic conquest?

To address Mark C Wallace's point, being ethnically Arabic and speaking the Arabic language are not the same thing. Arabic people existed long before the language we now call Arabic developed, albeit ...
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Libya: Did Gaddafi forbid locks in private homes and order people to swap jobs?

Much of that seems exaggerated (as you'd expect for a book portraying a young child's point of view). Gaddafi imposed restrictions on private property but never totally abolished it. Law 4 in 1978 ...
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What is the source for the Arabic name of the penguin and when it is first used?

The name al-batriq was first used by bishara zalzal in the article named al-batriq. The article is published in al-muktatef magazine on june 1878. In that article he talked about the penguin and he ...
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Was there a stated reason for the evacuation of Israeli settlers from the Gaza strip?

The Gaza disengagement plan was revealed to the public by Ariel Sharon in December 2003 at the Herzliya Conference, an Israeli policy conference for high-ranking politicians, security analysts and ...
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Was there a stated reason for the evacuation of Israeli settlers from the Gaza strip?

Theory vs. reality In theory, these settlers could have remained there and lived under the new government of Gaza. In theory this is correct. Moreover, in theory, once the Palestinian state is ...
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How did philosophical and scientific knowledge in Christian Europe in 1085 compare to the body of knowledge contained in the library of Toledo?

The volume of information in the libraries of Andalusian Spain (Toledo, Cordoba and Granada) truly dwarfed what was available in most of Christendom at the time. Andalusian libraries and their ...
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Is there a list of all resolutions made by the Arab League?

This is by no means a complete answer, but is far too long for a comment. tl; dr It does seem that there is no complete published list of the resolutions taken by the Arab League from its foundation ...
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How did Muhammad bin Qasim die?

I am no expert on the topic, but I know Arabic and I have access to sources in Arabic (but disclaimer, I am a Sunni Muslim, so my sources are "Wahhabist" sources, and I do not agree with that ...
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Did the Arab League create a Joint Defense Council and a Permanent Military Commission?

The Joint Defense Council (JDC) and the Permanent Military Commission (PMC) of the Arab League were created in 1950, with the JDC in existence until at least August 2015. Since then, both bodies seem ...
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What was the reason the Maronites lobbied for a state of Greater Lebanon?

The Maronites sharing power with two more parts of state instead of just the Druzes might seem strange. But before, in the 19th century, the situation largely favoured the Druzes, especially in the so ...
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How widespread was the Arabic Language in Syria before Islamic conquest?

Greek was the language of the ruling elite and Aramaic (or "Syriac") was widespread among the peasantry. However, Arabic was also widely spoken throughout Greater Syria, since there were ...
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Did Arab nations send prisoners to fight in the Soviet-Afghan war?

If the question is specifically about whether they "emptied the prisons and sent prisoners to fight", then no, probably not. It is uncontroversial that Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt did ...
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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

Maybe we can bring the explanation given by an Arab historian, Ibn Khaldun, in its Muqaddimah and the theory of Asabiyyah to get a good insight (Peter Turchin works might be a good introduction as ...
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Have the Arabs ever conquered Kayseri?

It seems possible that the location of the Arab/Byzantine battle you are thinking of wasn't Kayseri in Anatolia, but Caesarea Maritima in the Levant region. The confusion on the name is noted in the ...
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Have the Arabs ever conquered Kayseri?

There were certainly lots of battles in history in Central Anatolia, but it looks like the Byzantines held onto political control of that area up until the Seljuks won the battle of Manzikert(1071) ...
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Was there a stated reason for the evacuation of Israeli settlers from the Gaza strip?

On 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice affirmed Israel was an illegal Occupying Power in respect to Gaza and the other Occupied Territories. Among the affirmations, the Ruling of 9 July ...
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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

Answer from u/lcnielsen at the AskHistorians post Is there a pattern to previously harmless tribes conquering vast lands, or am I seeing one where there isn't any? So it is always tricky to work with ...

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