Middle East for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764554832

ISBN-13: 9780764554834

Edition: 2003

Authors: Craig S. Davis

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Demystifies the area's culture, politics, and religions Explore Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times Looking to better understand the Middle East? This plain-English guide explains the importance of the region, especially in light of recent events. You'll meet its people and their leaders, discover the differences and similarities between Arab and Western mindsets, and examine the wars and conflicts - including the Israeli-Palestinian turmoil - that led up to the current political situation. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English 'Get in, get out' information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Acquainted with the Middle East
The Middle East's Relevance in the 21st Century
Making Sense of It All
Navigating Through the Book
Charting a Map
Getting Acquainted with the Region
Identifying the Countries, the Land, and the Climate
Middle Eastern Hospitality
Meeting the People
Welcoming You into Their Homes
Trying the Cuisine
The History of the Middle East
The Ancient Middle East
The Land Formally Known as Mesopotamia (Iraq)
The Promised Land (Kings, Gods, and Prophets)
Egypt (Pharaohs, Gods, and Pyramids)
Anatolia (Turkey)
The Medieval Middle East
Islam's Birth and Adolescence
A Series of Crusades: Business as Usual
Uninvited Guests: The Mongols
Succeeding the Mongols: The Ilkhanids and Timurids
Unifying and Conquering: The Ottomans
Converting Safavids to Shiism
The Modern Middle East
A Love-Hate Relationship: The West in the Middle East
Clashing Ideologies: Zionism, Arab Nationalism, and the Islamic Revivalism
Putting the "Saudi" in Saudi Arabia
Establishing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Carving Israel from Palestine
Coming of Age: Egypt Grows Up
The Shah(s) of Iran
Talking Turkey
Claiming the Prize: Lebanon and Syria
Politics, Islam, and Oil: Three Reasons Not to Ignore the Middle East
Leadership: Kings, Presidents, and Dictators
Monarchy: Failures and Triumphs
Democracy: Failures and Triumphs
Theocracy: Failures and Triumphs
Disputed Areas
Islamic Militancy in a Nutshell
The Holy Warrior: Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?
Jihad: Holy War or Struggle?
Manipulating Madrasas: When Schools Teach Islamic Militancy
Islam and the West
The Clash of Civilizations
The Clash of Values
Remaining Aware of Uneasy Friendships and Mutual Distrust
Deciphering the Contradiction: Western Culture and Technology
It's All About the Oil: Economics in the Middle East
Struggling to Compete
If It Runs, It Runs on Oil
Economic Failures
Linking Economics to Politics
Regions in Turmoil
The Powder Keg: Israel and Palestine
Keeping the Mapmakers Busy
Uncovering the Origins of Militancy
Firefighting with a Blowtorch: The Third Arab-Israeli War
Adding More Fuel to the Fire: The Israeli Settlements
Sending International "Firefighters" to the Rescue: The Fourth Arab-Israeli War
Fanning the Flames in Lebanon
Lighting the Fuses: The First Intifada
Trying to Stomp Out the Fuses: Ehud Barak
Burning Still: The Cycle of Violence Continues
Approaching the Fire with a Cool Head
Weathering Iraq's Stormy Romance with the West
Saddam Hussein: A Killer Statesman
Setting the Stage for the Soviet Invasion
Fraternizing with the Soviets
New Kids on the Block: The Taliban and Al-Qaeda
Waging War on Terrorism: The United States Strikes Back
Partitioning India
Drawing a Blueprint for a Nuke
Helping the United States Fight the War on Terrorism
Regions in Repair
North Africa
A Rebounding Egypt
Libya: Trouble on the Shores of Tripoli
The Sudan: A Land of Civil War and Famine
Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria
Juggling Diplomacy: How Current Politics Took Their Shape
The Arabian Peninsula
Saudi Arabia
Non-Arab Muslim States
Turkey: Politicians, Generals, and Kurds
Cultural Contributions of the Middle East
A Mosaic of Religions
Religions on the Edge
Religious Minorities
The Family: The Hub of Middle Eastern Life
Family Dynamics: Love, Honor, and Responsibility
The Lives of Women: Separation and Modesty
Language and Literature
Language, Ethnicity, and Tradition: You Are What You Speak
A Little Background on the Literature of the Middle East
Ancient Literature
Medieval Literature
Modern Literature
Arts and Sciences
Science and Philosophy: A Middle East Contribution
The Arts and Beyond
The Part of Tens
Ten Key Ethnic Groups
Sephardim/Oriental Jews
Ten Key Militant Groups
Al-Qaeda (International)
Hezbollah (Lebanon)
Kach and Kahane Chai (Israel)
Armed Islamic Group (Algeria)
Al-Gamaat al-Islamiyya (Egypt)
Islamic Jihads (Palestine and Egypt)
Hamas (Palestine)
Harakat al-Mujahidin (Pakistan and Kashmir)
Jaish-i Muhammad (Pakistan and Kashmir)
Kurdistan Workers Party (Turkey)
Ten Key Challenges
Assigning the Blame
Coming into the Nuclear Age
Economic Development and Poverty
Ethnic and Religious Pluralism
Gender Inequity
Islamic Extremism
Military Spending
Overcoming the Colonial Legacy
Unequal Distribution of Wealth
Western-Style Democracy
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