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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dominic Green Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A secular regime is toppled by Western intervention, but an Islamic backlash turns the liberators into occupiers. Caught between interventionists at home and fundamentalists abroad, a prime minister flounders as his ministers betray him, alliances fall apart, and a runaway general makes policy in the field. As the media accuse Western soldiers of barbarity and a region slides into chaos, the armies of God clash on an ancient river and an accidental empire arises. This is not the Middle East of the early twenty-first century. It is Africa in the late nineteenth century, when the river Nile became the setting for an extraordinary collision between Europeans, Arabs, and Africans. A human and religious drama, the conflict defined the modern relationship between the West and the Islamic world. The story is not only essential for understanding the modern clash of civilizations but is also a gripping, epic, tragic adventure. Three Empires on the Nile tells of the rise of the first modern Islamic state and its fateful encounter with the British Empire of Queen Victoria. Ever since the self-proclaimed Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi gathered an army in the Sudan and besieged and captured Khartoum under its British overlord Charles Gordon, the dream of a new caliphate has haunted modern Islamists. Today, Shiite insurgents call themselves the Mahdi Army, and Sudan remains one of the great fault lines of battle between Muslims and Christians, blacks and Arabs. The nineteenth-century origins of it all were even more dramatic and strange than today’s headlines. In the hands of Dominic Green, the story of the Nile’s three empires is an epic in the tradition of Kipling, the bard of empire, and Winston Churchill, who fought in the final destruction of the Mahdi’s army. It is a sweeping and very modern tale of God and globalization, slavers and strategists, missionaries and messianists. 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Johanna | 11/1/2013

    " I learned a great deal about the 19th century history of Epypt and the Sudan that is helpful to understanding current politics in the region. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 10/7/2013

    " The content was quite interesting, but it was dry at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jared Nuzzolillo | 7/29/2013

    " Loved it, no idea why people say that it's dry. Maybe it just hit a sweet spot for me: abolitionists, geopolitics, political islam and the history of jihad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynne | 7/12/2013

    " Having read several fairly dry histories recently, I gave up on this one. There was just too much military history for my taste. "

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Author Dominic Green

Dominic Green was educated at Oxford University, Harvard University, and Brandeis University, where he was the Mandel Fellow in the Humanities, and taught history and writing. Currently he is working on his next book, The Religious Revolution