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It's been nearly a decade since I've read this, so take that for what it's worth, but this is possibly the most lucid and eloquent presentation in English of the Arab-Israeli conflict from a non-Zionist perspective. It is of course rather dated (I believe the narrative ends somewhere in the 70's, if that) and the conflict is not the high priority issue among Arabs that it once was, but if you are a Westerner or non-Arab seeking to understand the Palestinian plight, you could do far worse than to ...more
Marxist historian, sociologist and orientalist. He was the son of a Russian-Polish clothing trader and his wife who both died in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After studying oriental languages, he became a professor of Ethiopian (Amharic) at EPHE (École Pratique des Hautes Études, France). He was the author of a rich body of work, including the book Muhammad, a biography of the prophet of ...moreMore about Maxime Rodinson...