Arab history is often viewed as beginning with Islam, but the Arabs have a long history stretching back millennia. The Phoenicians were exploring the coasts of England and West Africa and colonising much of Spain, Sicily and North Africa in the early first millennium BC. Phoenicians and Arabs form a part of European history that is both European and Asiatic, a part that defines and makes Europe what it is. Europe has been engaged in a complex relationship with Arabs throughout history. This richly illustrated book is an account of that relationship.