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An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, by David S. Sorenson

By David S. Sorenson

Combining components of comparative politics with a country-by-country research, writer David S. Sorenson presents a whole and obtainable advent to the fashionable center East. With an emphasis at the politics of the quarter, the textual content additionally dedicates chapters particularly to the background, religions, and economies of nations within the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, the japanese Mediterranean, and North Africa. In every one nation bankruptcy, a short political background is through discussions of democratization, spiritual politics, women's matters, civil society, monetary improvement, privatization, and international relations.

In this up-to-date and revised moment version, An advent to the trendy heart East comprises new fabric at the Arab Spring, the alterations in Turkish politics, the Iranian nuclear concerns, and the most recent efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian hassle. Introductory chapters offer a tremendous thematic evaluate for every of the book's person nation chapters and brief vignettes in the course of the ebook supply readers an opportunity for private reflection.

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The night makes the climb difficult, as each step on the ancient stone paths must be placed with care. Up beyond the dim green neon of a mosque minaret loom massive stones above the last row of tiny houses. Suddenly a voice cries out. “Hello, hello, welcome,” as the surprised Americans are led to a small patio beside a humble dwelling. Plastic chairs appear as a man and his friend offer water and cigarettes, and the wife appears with a plate of sweet konafa. ” “I can practice my English,” he continues, and the discussion ensues, about the city, about America, about small but memorable things until the guests somewhat awkwardly depart, with well wishes all around.

In the Muslim calendar, the term “ah” (anno Hijrah) designates dates after the Christian calendar year 622, which on the Islamic calendar is the year 1. In that year, the Prophet Muhammad journeyed from Mecca to Medina (then called Yathrib) at the invitation of some citizens to resolve a dispute, and the Islamic calendar begins at that point. And there is a Jewish calendar that starts at the year Jews believe man first appeared on earth, 3761 BCE. Therefore the Christian year 2000 was the Islamic year 1420 and the Jewish year 5760.

For example, former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein rebuilt part of the great city of Babylon, and the former shah of Iran celebrated the 5,000th birthday of Persia (now Iran) in the ruined city of Persepolis. THE CURRENCY OF HISTORY When Osama bin Laden issued his calls to Muslims to fight against the United States and the West, he consistently characterized his targets as “Crusaders,” referring to the Christian occupiers of the Holy Land between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Dean Abdullah Hassan Ali Barakat of al-Azhar University in Cairo, speaking in 2006, remarked, “He mentions the Iraq War as proof and, without irony, the fact that medieval churches burned scientists at the stake at a time when the Islamic world emphasized research at places like al-Azhar.

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