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A History of the Modern Middle East by William L. Cleveland
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Nov 03, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, books, mena, ir-political-science, history
Read in November, 2010, read count: 1

I highly recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in current world events, e.g. the war in Iraq, the rise of "Islamism" or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This book provides the necessary background and historical context that is often missing from debates on these topics. The "Middle East" that Cleveland focuses on is really the Levant (Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria), the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf (Saudia Arabia, UAE, Yemen and Oman), Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. If you are interested in North Africa or other majority Muslim states (Pakistan, Afghanistan), or if you want in-depth analysis of Qatar for example, then you would want to pick up another text in addition to this one. However, as a general overview of several hundred years of history in the aforementioned region, this book is excellent.

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