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The Middle East: The History, the Conflict, the Culture, the Faiths
The Middle East is rich in history and saturated in blood. Time explains the current crisis in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza by illuminating the complicated history if this fascinating, tortured region and profiling the swrils of culture, religions and ideoglgies that drive it's key players.
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published November 29th 2006 by Time-Life Books
(first published 2006)
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Warning: this book was published in 2006, well before the Arab Spring, and is still stuck in the middle of Iraq War. Even though, it's still super-informative with lots of pictures. I really liked the way the book was set up, starting out with two pages dedicated to each Middle Eastern ethnicity and then jumping into history. Turkey and Afghanistan are included in the book, but not Pakistan, a choice which seemed baffling to me, since Pakistan has tons of Middle Easternly conflicts going on. Ove ...more
This is the greatest book for clearly and simply defining each of the cultures, countries, histories, and religions that contribute to the Middle East conflicts. I would call it Middle East for Dummies: it is so easy to read and gives you an a quick overview. If you know little about what is going on in the Middle East and would like to know more... this is the perfect beginners' book and will leave you wanting to learn more!