The Hidden Hand

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As the first full-length study of conspiracy theories in the Middle East, The Hidden Hand reveals how such theories play a powerful role in the political life of the region. Placing conspiracy theories in their historical context, Daniel Pipes shows how the idea of the conspiracy has come to suffuse life in the Middle East, from the most private family conversations to the highest and most public levels of politics. Pipes then looks at conspiracies and their strength as a partial explanation for much of the ...

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Overview

As the first full-length study of conspiracy theories in the Middle East, The Hidden Hand reveals how such theories play a powerful role in the political life of the region. Placing conspiracy theories in their historical context, Daniel Pipes shows how the idea of the conspiracy has come to suffuse life in the Middle East, from the most private family conversations to the highest and most public levels of politics. Pipes then looks at conspiracies and their strength as a partial explanation for much of the region’s problems, including its record of political extremism, its culture of violence, and its lack of modernization. Concluding with speculations about the future of conspiracy theories, Pipes provides a key to understanding the often complicated political culture of the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“To anyone who really wants to understand the irrational complexities of the Middle East, Mr. Pipes’s groundbreaking analysis is must reading.” —The Washington Times

“...a thoughtful book.” —The Wall Street Journal

“...an essential addition...because of its special focus on conspiracy theory as it influences the political thinking of an important region in the world.” —MELA Notes

From The Critics
An essential addition...special focus on conspiracy theory as it influences the political thinking of an important region in the world.
MELA Notes
An essential addition...special focus on conspiracy theory as it influences the political thinking of an important region in the world.
Booknews
A useful and fascinating exploration of how conspiracy theories and theorists influence the apparently paranoid politics of the Middle East. Pipes Editor, Middle East Quarterly reaches past the absurdities to enter the mind of conspiricism uncovering a history dating back to the Western traditions of the Crusades, accounting for much of the region's problems including political extremism, violence, and lack of modernization. The author's research and personal anecdotes foster a greater understanding of Iran's, Iraq's, Israel's, and other countries' perplexing political cultures. Includes maps. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312162542
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pipes is Editor of The Middle East Quarterly and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of nine books and the editor of one.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Changing the Course of History
Case Studies
• In A League Of Their Own
• "Greater Israel"
• Iran’s Islamic Revolution
• Iran versus Iraq versus the World
The Conspirator
• Zionists and Imperialists
• Why Only Zionists and Imperialists?
• Who Controls Whom?
• The Conspirator’s Nature
• The Conspirator’s Methods
The Paranoid Style
• The Conspiracy Theorist: Manipulative or Sincere?
• The Conspiracy Theory
• Appearances Deceive
Why So Many Conspiracy Theories?
• The Trauma of Modern Islam
• The Impact of Western Thought
• Actual Conspiracies
• Political Structures
Conclusion
• Hope for the Future?

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