Concise Hist Middle East 7e / Edition 7

Concise Hist Middle East 7e / Edition 7

by "Arthur, Jr." Goldschmidt Jr.", Arthur Goldscmidt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813338859

ISBN-13: 9780813338859

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Westview Press

The eighth edition of Arthur Goldschmidt's widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

Overview

The eighth edition of Arthur Goldschmidt's widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment. Written for undergraduate college students, the text assumes no prior knowledge of Middle Eastern history. It focuses on the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, the modernization efforts of Middle Eastern governments, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the aftermath of the Gulf War, and issues surrounding the Palestinian Question. The eighth edition brings new discussion to the post-9/11 political developments and surveys terrorism in the Middle East, the Iraq War, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813338859
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Prefacexiii
1Introduction1
What Is History?1
Then and Now, There and Here4
The Physical Setting6
Some Descriptive Geography7
Conclusion10
2The Middle East Before Muhammad15
A Minimum of Antiquity16
Persia and Rome16
The Arabs21
Conclusion27
3The Prophet of Mecca29
Muhammad's Early Life29
The Emigration (Hijrah)34
Assessment40
4What Is Islam?43
Basic Beliefs43
The Five Pillars of Islam46
Conclusion50
5The Early Arab Conquests51
The Succession Issue51
The Initial Conquests53
The Beginnings of Islamic Government55
Dissension in the Ummah57
Changes in the Government of Islam60
Conclusion66
6The High Caliphate67
Restoration of the Umayyad Order68
The Downfall of the Umayyads72
The Abbasid Caliphate73
The Decline of the Abbasids79
Conclusion80
7Shi'is and Turks, Crusaders and Mongols81
Shi'i Islam in Power82
The Turks87
The Crusades92
The Mongol Invasion96
Conclusion98
8Islamic Civilization99
The Rules and Laws of Islam100
Development of Jurisprudence100
Islamic Society106
Importance of Family Life108
Intellectual Life111
Theology113
Conclusion118
9Firearms, Slaves, and Empires119
The Mamluks120
The Mongol Il-Khanids124
The Religious Issue124
Gunpowder Technology128
The Ottoman Empire129
Persia under the Safavids142
Conclusion145
10European Interests and Imperialism147
Ottoman Weakness148
The European Powers and the Eastern Question150
Conclusion157
11Westernizing Reform in the Nineteenth Century159
Egypt161
Westernization of the Ottoman Empire165
Persia under the Qajars170
Some Afterthoughts172
12The Rise of Nationalism175
Egyptian Nationalism177
Ottomanism, Pan-Islam, and Turkism184
Nationalism in Persia188
Conclusion191
13The Roots of Arab Bitterness193
Arab Nationalism193
World War I200
The Postwar Peace Settlement206
Conclusion and Summary210
14Modernizing Rulers in the Independent States211
Turkey: Phoenix from the Ashes212
From Persia to Iran223
The Rise of Saudi Arabia230
Conclusion236
15Egypt's Struggle for Independence239
Britain's Role in Egypt239
The Egyptian Revolution252
A Strange Ending255
16The Contest for Palestine257
Origins257
Prefatory Remarks259
The Beginnings of Political Zionism261
Britain and the Palestine Problem265
Conclusion278
17Israel's Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism279
Israel's War for Independence280
The War's Aftermath284
The Arab Countries287
Israel's Early Years245
Middle Eastern Oil249
The Great Powers and the Arab World300
Conclusion313
18War and the Quest for Peace317
The June 1967 War318
The Palestinians323
Abortive Peace Efforts325
Political Changes: 1967-1970327
Danger Signs in the Middle East333
The October (Yom Kippur) War337
The War's Aftermath340
Lebanon: The Arena for a New Arab Struggle345
The Road to Camp David348
Conclusion352
19The Reassertion of Islamic Power355
Prefatory Remarks on Islam and Politics357
The Iranian Revolution358
The Struggle for Gulf Supremacy367
The Retreat from Camp David371
Western Policy Formation and Islamic Polity382
20The Gulf War and the Peace Proces385
The Present in Historical Perspective386
The Gulf War386
Operation Desert Storm393
Palestinians and the Peace Process395
Whither Islam?404
A Parting Message406
Chronology409
Glossary425
Bibliographic Essay457
Index485

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