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A Brief History of the Middle East Kindle Edition
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.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00OGV1148
- Publisher : Robinson (February 24, 2011)
- Publication date : February 24, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 5602 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 076244102X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #961,828 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However I will offer a few critiques. The book is dry and academic at times. The author also bombards you with a lot of names and dates at once. If you are unfamiliar with the Middle East this may further confuse you. I also felt he didn't answer certain questions that were staring me in the face while reading. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and kept reading, but in the end I still had questions. For example, I don't think he gave much credence to the eschatological doctrine of afterlife rewards for martyrs of the Islamic faith. He mentions it in passing in the last chapter and all but ignores it in the chapter on Islamic terrorism. He also didn't give much creedence to a religious interpretation of why Arab states refuse to recognise Israel's right to exist. I felt he spent more time discussing it from a secular point of view and downplaying the religious element; something that he later admits is a typical problem for Westerners.
Overall I thought the book was worth the effort and gave me a decent framework for understanding the issues in the Middle East.