The Contemporary Middle East: A Westview Reader

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Karl Yambert
Westview Press, 2006 - History - 308 pages
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This volume of provocative contributions by an impressive array of leading scholars, journalists, and policy advisors provides a brief and accessible introduction to selected topical issues of the Middle East. Academic contributors include Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., William Cleveland, Colbert Held, Shibley Telhami, David Lesch, David E. Long, Bernard Reich, Samih Farsoun, and Phebe Marr, among notable others--complemented by contributions from former State Department official David Phillips, senior journalists Mark Huband and Thomas Lippman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid.With an integrative opening essay by honored scholar Arthur Goldschmidt Jr, The Contemporary Middle East is an invaluable new core text for courses introducing students to the current Middle East. Its strategic pairing of topics (Israel and Palestine, Iran and Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) enhances student comprehension of comparison and context, and ensures that students repeatedly re-encounter key issues from a variety of perspectives. Concise summaries introduce each chapter. A new concluding chapter by Shibley Telhami candidly addresses fundamental questions about the United States and the Middle East today in question-and-answer format.Student resources include a Select Bibliography by William Cleveland, a Glossary, a Brief Biographical Register, and a Chronology, in addition to numerous maps.

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Contents

David E Long and Bernard Reich
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Situated at the hub of Europe Asia and Africa the Middle East is a crossroads of great
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of language religion and ethnicity create a complex mosaic of peoples
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Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. A frequent contributor to the nation's television, radio, and print media, he is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Pennsylvania State University. He is (with Lawrence Davidson) the author of A Concise History of the Middle East, Eighth Edition , and is the author as well of Modern Egypt: Foundation of a Nation-State, Second Edition . He is the recipient of the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2000 Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award.

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