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With carefully framed essays beginning each chapter and brief introductory notes accompanying over seventy readings, the anthology reveals the multifaceted societies and political systems of the Islamic world. Selections range from theological texts illuminating the differences between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, to diplomatic exchanges and state papers, to memoirs and literary works, to manifestos of Islamic radicals. The anthology spans the distance from Tunisia to India through writings by such key figures as the early Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun, Turkish founding father Kemal Ataturk, Israeli statesman David Ben-Gurion, and the Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The readings chart the effects of the Islamic world's interactions with outsiders — from the invasions of Central Asian nomads and Crusading Europeans in the Middle Ages, to European colonization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries — as well as its own internal evolution, through accounts of peasants, urban workers, and the experience of Muslim women.
Wide-ranging and thought-provoking, The Middle East and Islamic World Reader is a fascinating historical survey of complexsocieties that — now more than ever — are crucial for us to understand.
|Ch. I||Islamic Beginnings: Revelation, State Building, and Culture|
|Ch. II||From the Coming of Steppe Peoples to the Age of Gunpowder Empires|
|Ch. III||Contradictions of Modernity: Imperialism and Social Change|
|Ch. IV||The Two World Wars and their Aftermaths|
|Ch. V||Arabs and Zionists Struggle Over Palestine|
|Ch. VI||Geopolitics of Oil and the Cold War Conflict|
|Ch. VII||Ideologies, Movements, and Social Trends|
|Ch. VIII||9/11: Terrorism, War, Global Responsibility|