Concise History of the Middle East

ISBN-10: 0813343887
ISBN-13: 9780813343884
Edition: 9th 2009
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List price: $52.00
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 7/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Illustrations
Preface to the Ninth Edition
Introduction
What Is History?
Then and Now, There and Here
The Physical Setting
Some Descriptive Geography
Conclusion
The Middle East Before Muhammad
Persia and Rome
The Arabs
Conclusion
The Prophet of Mecca
Muhammad's Early Life
The Emigration (Hijra)
Aisha bint Abi-Bakr
Assessment
What Is Islam?
Basic Beliefs
The Five Pillars of Islam
Conclusion
The Early Arab Conquests
The Succession Issue
The Initial Conquests
The Beginnings of Islamic Government
Dissension in the Umma
Changes in the Government of Islam
Mu'awiya ibn-abi-Sufyan
Conclusion
The High Caliphate
Restoration of the Umayyad Order
The Downfall of the Umayyads
The Abbasid Caliphate
Mamun
The Decline of the Abbasids
Conclusion
Shiites and Turks, Crusaders and Mongols
Shiite Islam in Power
The Turks
The Crusades
The Mongol Invasion
Hulegu Khan
Conclusion
Islamic Civilization
The Rules and Laws of Islam
Development of Jurisprudence
Islamic Society
Intellectual and Cultural Life
Theology
Conclusion
Ahmad ibn Hanbal
Firearms, Slaves, and Empires
The Mamluks
The Mongol Il-Khanids
Gunpowder Technology
The Ottoman Empire
Orhan
Persia under the Safavids
Conclusion
European Interests and Imperialism
Ottoman Weakness
The Koprulu Family of Viziers
The European Powers and the Eastern Question
Conclusion
Westernizing Reform in the Nineteenth Century
Egypt's Transformation
Westernization of the Ottoman Empire
Mustafa Reshid Pasha
Persia under the Qajars
Some Afterthoughts
The Rise of Nationalism
Egyptian Nationalism
Ahmad Urabi
Ottomanism, Pan-Islam, and Turkism
Nationalism in Persia
Conclusion
The Roots of Arab Bitterness
Arab Nationalism
World War I
Faysal ibn al Husayn
The Postwar Peace Settlement
Conclusion and Summary
Modernizing Rulers in the Independent States
Turkey: Phoenix from the Ashes
Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk)
From Persia to Iran
The Rise of Saudi Arabia
Conclusion
Egypt and the Fertile Crescent under European Control
Egypt's Struggle for Independence
The Creation of New States in the Fertile Crescent
Phony Democracy and False Independence
World War II
King Faruq
Postwar Egypt
Egypt's Era of Political Frustration
Independence for Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq
Conclusion
The Contest for Palestine
Origins
Prefatory Remarks
The Beginnings of Political Zionism
Britain and the Palestine Problem
Amin al-Husayni
Conclusion
Israel's Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism
Israel's War for Independence
The War's Aftermath
The Arab Countries
Israel's Early Years
Middle Eastern Oil
David Ben-Gurion
The Great Powers and the Arab World
Rising Arab-Israeli Tensions
Conclusion
War and the Quest for Peace
The June 1967 War
The Palestinians
Abortive Peace Efforts
Political Changes: 1967-1970
Danger Signs in the Middle East
The October (Yom Kippur) War
The War's Aftermath
Lebanon: The Arena for a New Arab Struggle
The Road to Camp David
Anwar al-Sadat
Conclusion
The Reassertion of Islamic Power
Prefatory Remarks on Islam and Politics
The Iranian Revolution
Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini
The Struggle for Gulf Supremacy
The Retreat from Camp David
Western Policy Formation and Islamic Polity
The Gulf War and the Peace Process
The Gulf Crisis
Operation Desert Storm
The Palestinians: Their Struggle and an Elusive Peace
Yasir Arafat
Whither Islam?
The War on Terrorism
The Present in Historical Perspective
Survey of Terrorism
Osama bin Laden
The Iraq War
The Contest for Palestine (Redux)
A Parting Message
Chronology
Glossary
Bibliographic Essay
Basic Statistics for Middle Eastern Countries
How Many Palestinians?
Index

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