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Understanding the Middle East: History, Religion, and the Clash of Cultures

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Explore the history of conflict in the Middle East, from ancient times to today's headlines. Take a balanced but unflinching look at: The warring civilizations of the ancient Middle East..The early expansion of Islam...What most textbooks don't tell you about the Crusades...Wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors...The Israeli-Palestinian conflict...Why religion and ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published April 27th 2007 by Beechmont Crest Publishing
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Omar
Mar 24, 2014 Omar rated it liked it
This is a very good starter on some parts of Middle Eastern history and I found it to be quite educational. The author targets this book for an American readership which becomes apparent near the end of the book and as the author himself has said during an interview the history has definitely been approached from a "Western perspective". My only real objection is the lack of citation and supporting literature. Prospective readers should note that UAE, Oman, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan are ...more
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Mar 17, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
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I love the way the author started with the ancient Middle East, Islam, Crusades, changes in the middle east, Zionism and the modern state of Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Islamic fundamentalism and global terror, beyond the Middle East: the clash of cultures.

To me it was a balanced book on the Middle East, and he just tell you what is, and not what he thinks should or shouldn't be done.
It is impartial, the only chapter where there are any opinions is in the last chapter to ma
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Mike
Sep 06, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
Very good overview of the history of the Middle East. It was written simply, perfect for a novice on the subject. One thing that did bother me though was that he treated the Bible as if it was real history. I can see why he perhaps did it, for simplicity, but it was a little too much. He also had a harsher view toward Islam than Christianity when they both can be equally vicious.
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Dec 16, 2012 Eimear rated it really liked it
Great intro for someone who knows very little about what makes the Middle East tick. Good overview from the year dot to 2007. Would be good to see an update in a few years that deals with 2007 onwards but probably best to wait until Syria plays out a bit longer.
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