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Overview

The seventh 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, including a refined discussion of the life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad and a clarification of the aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. 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 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. This edition also includes a detailed and updated chronology, a glossary of names and terms, and a bibliographic essay listing books and other sources that will prove helpful to both teachers and students. Maps, tables, and figures enhance the value of this edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Lawrence Davidson
An eminently readable and comprehensive text that gives an accurate and analytical account of Near East history. —West Chester University Praise for earlier editions:
Geraldine Forbes
The best single source I have found to introduce undergraduates to the Middle East. —State University of New York at Oswego
Choice
Well organized... Straightforward and easy to follow.
Journal of Palestine Studies
An invaluable introduction and a useful reference book.
Gina Cirali
Excellent. Nice active voice, engaging, comprehensive, balanced. Particularly the coverage on early Islam. —Fordham University
Midwest Book Review
A lively, involving text.
History Teacher
A balanced interpretation which allows more than one view of any number of controversial issues... Thorough and carefully balanced.
Booknotes
This excellent history provides an informative and balanced background.
Booknews
First published in 1979, this college-level introductory text ranges chronologically from the beginnings of Islam to the present. Extensive revisions reflect new scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East including the aftermath of the Gulf War and issues surrounding the "Palestinian Question." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813338859
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Pennsylvania State University. He is (with Lawrence Davidson) the author of A Concise History of the Middle East, Eighth Edition, and is the author as well of Modern Egypt: Foundation of a Nation-State, Second Edition. He is the recipient of the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2000 Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Physical Setting 7
2 The Middle East Before Muhammad 15
3 The Prophet of Mecca 27
4 What is Islam? 39
5 The Early Arab Conquests 47
6 The High Caliphate 63
7 Shi'is and Turks, Crusaders and Mongols 77
8 Islamic Civilization 95
9 Muslim Empires in the Gunpowder Era 113
10 European Interests and Imperialism 139
11 Westernizing Reform in the Nineteenth Century 149
12 The Rise of Nationalism 163
13 The Roots of Arab Bitterness 179
14 Modernizing Rulers in the Independent States 197
15 Egypt's Struggle for Independence 221
16 The Contest for Palestine 237
17 Israel's Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism 257
18 War and the Quest for Peace 291
19 The Reassertion of Islamic Power 327
20 The Gulf War and the Peace Process 357
Chronology 375
Glossary 387
Bibliographic Essay 417
About the Book and Author 439
Index 441
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