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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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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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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

Long lasting wars between Sassanians and Byzantine empire had made cripple armed forces of both of them and made their borders vulnerable. Lakhmids were acting as a buffer state between nomad Arabs ...
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How did Urdun come to be called Jordan?

This is because the English word for the country of Jordan is ultimately derived from the biblical Hebrew word for the Jordan River, not from the modern Arabic name for the country. After World War ...
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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 disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

Byzantium and Persia were both greatly weakened by titanic wars they had fought with each other during the reign of Heraclius - at one point Byzantium was surrounded, and at another Heraclius was ...
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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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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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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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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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Did the local population in North Africa resent the presence of the Germans during the Second World War?

German troops operated in three of the countries in that region. To call them invasions would be misleading. The word "presence" in your title is about right. In Libya, the Germans were only there ...
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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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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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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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Nejd (Saudi Arabia) and the Arab Revolt

The quotation below comes from A Short Story of Arab Peoples by J.B. Glubb, 1969, page 275. The book say nothing about direct actions against both British or the Turks. When the Turkish Empire ...
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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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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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Did the local population in North Africa resent the presence of the Germans during the Second World War?

The relations between Nazi Germany and the Arab world are well-documented. As a general rule, the Arabs and other occupants of North Africa tended to be politically neutral. Many people in the Tunis ...
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When did it become openly known that Wilson supported the Balfour Declaration?

On August 31, 1918, President Wilson wrote a letter to Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise which referred to the Balfour Declaration and said in part: I welcome an opportunity to express the satisfaction I ...
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