A Concise History of the Middle East Book

A Concise History of the Middle East

  • Author : Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-08-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 502
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429850455

A Concise History of the Middle East Excerpt :

A Concise History of the Middle East provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of this turbulent region. Spanning from pre-Islam to the present day, it explores the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, modernization efforts in the Middle East, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the Arab–Israel conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the issues surrounding the Palestinian Question, and the Middle East post-9/11 and post-Arab uprisings. The twelfth edition has been fully revised to reflect the most recent events in, and concerns of, the region, including the presence of ISIS and other non-state actors, the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and the refugee crisis. New parts and part timelines will help students grasp and contextualize the long and complicated history of the region. With updated biographical sketches and glossary, and a new concluding chapter, this book remains the quintessential text for students of Middle East history.

A Concise History of the Arabs Book

A Concise History of the Arabs

  • Author : John McHugo
  • Publisher : New Press, The
  • Release Date : 2012-08-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9781595589507

A Concise History of the Arabs Excerpt :

This “brilliant and erudite” history by the award-winning Arabist provides vital context for understanding the contemporary Middle East (Patrick Seale, author of Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East). From Algeria and Libya to Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, the Arab world commands Western headlines. Nowhere else does the unfolding of events have such significant consequences for America. And yet its complex politics and cultures elude the grasp of most Western readers and commentators. A Concise History of the Arabs provides an essential road map to understanding the Arab world today, and in the years ahead. Noted Arab scholar John McHugo guides readers through the political, social, and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire to the present day. Taking readers beyond the headlines, McHugo vividly describes the crucial turning points in Arab history—from the Prophet Muhammad’s mission and the expansion of Islam to the region’s interaction with Western ideas and the rise of Islamism. This lucidly told history reveals how the Arab world came into its present form, why major shifts like the Arab Spring were inevitable, and what may lie ahead for the region. A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, this accessible history is “the product of wide reading, hard thinking and years of direct experience of the Middle East . . . There are lively and informative insights on almost every page” (Patrick Seale, author of Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East).

A Concise History Of The Middle East Book

A Concise History Of The Middle East

  • Author : Arthur Goldschmidt
  • Publisher : Westview Press
  • Release Date : 1991-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 488
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105035354427

A Concise History Of The Middle East Excerpt :

Describes the geography of the region, and provides a survey of Middle East history from Roman times to the Iranian Revolution

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi is Book

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi is

  • Author : John McHugo
  • Publisher : Georgetown University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781626165885

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi is Excerpt :

The 1,400-year-old schism between Sunnis and Shi’is is currently reflected in the destructive struggle for hegemony between Saudi Arabia and Iran—with no apparent end in sight. But how did this conflict begin, and why is it now the focus of so much attention? Charting the history of Islam from the death of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, John McHugo describes the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi’ism evolved as different sects during the Abbasid caliphate, and how the rivalry between the Sunni Ottomans and Shi’i Safavids ensured that the split would continue into the modern age. In recent decades, this centuries-old divide has acquired a new toxicity that has resulted in violence across the Arab world and other Muslim countries. Definitive, insightful, and accessible, A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi'is is an essential guide to understanding the genesis, development, and manipulation of the schism that for far too many people has come to define Islam and the Muslim world.

War and Peace in the Middle East Book

War and Peace in the Middle East

  • Author : Avi Shlaim
  • Publisher : Viking Press
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106011795041

War and Peace in the Middle East Excerpt :

Covers the role of Europe and the United States

Empires and Anarchies Book

Empires and Anarchies

  • Author : Michael Quentin Morton
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release Date : 2017-09-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780238616

Empires and Anarchies Excerpt :

Oil lies at the heart of the modern history of the Middle East. For decades, the world’s largest oil reserves have enriched the region’s nations. But oil wealth has not brought with it universal prosperity. It has, though, transformed the Middle Eastern people and societies—enriching empires and engendering anarchies. Empires and Anarchies is an unconventional history of oil in the Middle East. In Michael Quentin Morton’s account the burnt-out remains of Saddam Hussein’s armaments and the human tragedy of the Arab Spring are as much of the story as the shimmering skylines of oil-rich nations. From the first explorers trudging through the desert to the excesses of the Peacock Throne and the high stakes of OPEC, Morton lays out the history of oil in compelling detail, arguing that oil simultaneously enriched and fractured the Middle East, eroding traditional ways of life, and eventually contributing to the rise of Islamic radicalism. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the promises and peril of the world’s oil boom.

The Middle East and Islamic World Reader Book
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The Middle East and Islamic World Reader

  • Author : Marvin E. Gettleman
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2012-04-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802194527

The Middle East and Islamic World Reader Excerpt :

“The many facets of Middle Eastern history and politics are admirably represented in this far-ranging anthology” (Publishers Weekly). In this insightful anthology, historians Marvin E. Gettleman and Stuart Schaar have assembled a broad selection of documents and contemporary scholarship to give a view of the history of the peoples from the core Islamic lands, from the Golden Age of Islam to today. With carefully framed essays beginning each chapter and brief introductory notes accompanying over seventy readings, the anthology reveals the multifaceted societies and political systems of the Islamic world. Selections range from theological texts illuminating the differences between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, to diplomatic exchanges and state papers, to memoirs and literary works, to manifestos of Islamic radicals. This newly revised and expanded edition covers the dramatic changes in the region since 2005, and the popular uprisings that swept from Tunisia in January 2011 through Egypt, Libya, and beyond. The Middle East and Islamic World Reader is a fascinating historical survey of complex societies that—now more than ever—are crucial for us to understand. “Ambitious . . . A timely work, it focuses mainly on sociopolitical texts dating from the rise of Islam to the debates concerning U.S. foreign policy in the post-9/11 world.” —Choice

Israel Book
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  • Author : Daniel Gordis
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-10-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062368768

Israel Excerpt :

Winner of the Jewish Book of the Year Award The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem. Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future? We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse—but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel’s deepening isolation. With Israel, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on the Israel’s past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.

A Millennium of Turkish Literature Book

A Millennium of Turkish Literature

  • Author : Talat S. Halman
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 185
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815650744

A Millennium of Turkish Literature Excerpt :

From Orhon inscriptions to Orhan Pamuk, the story of Turkish literature from the eighth century A.D. to the present day is rich and complex, full of firm traditions and daring transformations. Spanning a wide geographic range from Outer Mongolia and the environs of China through the Middle East all the way to Europe, the history of Turkish literature embraces a multitude of traditions and influences. All have left their imprint on the distinctive amalgam that is uniquely Turkish. Always receptive to the nurturing values, aesthetic tastes, and literary penchants of diverse civilizations, Turkish culture succeeded in evolving a sui generis personality. It clung to its own established traits, yet it was flexible enough to welcome innovations—and even revolutionary change. A Millennium of Turkish Literature tells the story of how literature evolved and grew in stature on the Turkish mainland over the course of a thousand years. The book features numerous poems and extracts in fluid translations by Halman and others. This volume provides a concise and captivating introduction to Turkish literature and, with selections from its extensive "Suggested Reading" section, serves as an invaluable guide to Turkish literature for course adoption.

The Middle East in Modern World History Book

The Middle East in Modern World History

  • Author : Ernest Tucker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 832
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315508238

The Middle East in Modern World History Excerpt :

The Middle East in Modern World History focuses on the history of this region over the past 200 years. It examines how global trends during this period shaped the Middle East and how these trends were affected by the region’s development. Three trends from the past two centuries are highlighted: The region as a strategic conduit between East and West The development of the region's natural resources, especially oil The impact of a rapidly globalizing world economy on the Middle East

A Brief History of the Middle East Book

A Brief History of the Middle East

  • Author : Christopher Catherwood
  • Publisher : Robinson
  • Release Date : 2011-02-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849018074

A Brief History of the Middle East Excerpt :

Western civilization began in the Middle East: Judaism and Christianity, as well as Islam, were born there. For over a millennium, the Islamic empires were ahead of the West in learning, technology and medicine, and were militarily far more powerful. It took another three hundred centuries for the West to catch up, and overtake, the Middle East. Why does it seem different now? Why does Osama bin Laden see 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, as the year everything changed? These issues are explained in historical detail here, in a way that deliberately seeks to go behind the rhetoric to the roots of present conflicts. A Brief History of the Middle East is essential reading for an intelligent reader wanting to understand what one of the world's key regions is all about. Fully updated with a new section on the Iraq Invasion of 2003, the question of Iran and the full context of the Isreali/Palestine conflict.

The Middle East and South Asia Book

The Middle East and South Asia

  • Author : Malcolm B. Russell
  • Publisher : Stryker Post Publications
  • Release Date : 1999-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 1887985212

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  • Author : Saeed Shirazi
  • Publisher : Ketab.com
  • Release Date : 2017-01-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781595846006


War and Peace in the Middle East Book

War and Peace in the Middle East

  • Author : Avi Shlaim
  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Release Date : 1995-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39076001771810

War and Peace in the Middle East Excerpt :

Examines the Middle East's foreign relations since World War I

From Mesopotamia to Iraq Book

From Mesopotamia to Iraq

  • Author : Hans J. Nissen
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226586656

From Mesopotamia to Iraq Excerpt :

The recent reopening of Iraq’s National Museum attracted worldwide attention, underscoring the country’s dual image as both the cradle of civilization and a contemporary geopolitical battleground. A sweeping account of the rich history that has played out between these chronological poles, From Mesopotamia to Iraq looks back through 10,000 years of the region’s deeply significant yet increasingly overshadowed past. Hans J. Nissen and Peter Heine begin by explaining how ancient Mesopotamian inventions—including urban society, a system of writing, and mathematical texts that anticipated Pythagoras—profoundly influenced the course of human history. These towering innovations, they go on to reveal, have sometimes obscured the major role Mesopotamia continued to play on the world stage. Alexander the Great, for example, was fascinated by Babylon and eventually died there. Seventh-century Muslim armies made the region one of their first conquests outside the Arabian peninsula. And the Arab caliphs who ruled for centuries after the invasion built the magnificent city of Baghdad, attracting legions of artists and scientists. Tracing the evolution of this vibrant country into a contested part of the Ottoman Empire, a twentieth-century British colony, a republic ruled by Saddam Hussein, and the democracy it has become, Nissen and Heine repair the fragmented image of Iraq that has come to dominate our collective imagination. In hardly any other continuously inhabited part of the globe can we chart such developments in politics, economy, and culture across so extended a period of time. By doing just that, the authors illuminate nothing less than the forces that have made the world what it is today.