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For decades, students and professors have turned to The Middle East as their preferred source for understanding one of the most complex and intriguing areas of the world. This balanced and impartial classic thoroughly examines the events and trends of the Middle East that make the region so important and volatile. The eleventh edition of The Middle East features coverage of the political, cultural, and economic aspects of headline-making news and the history behind them. It also offers readers conceptual analysis of the Middle East and the region's role within the global arena.

Thematic chapters on Islam, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Persian Gulf conflicts, Middle Eastern oil and gas, and U.S. Middle East policy address overarching trends and events that affect the entire region. Updated country profiles provide individual histories of each nation along with vital statistics. New to this edition are profiles of Turkey and the Palestinian Authority as well as a foreword by scholar and area specialist Richard B. Parker, who looks at the current states of the Middle East and U.S. involvement there. Many of the profiles have been significantly revised. Coverage of events extends through 2006.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568021003
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps, Boxes, and Tables     vii
Contributors     ix
Foreword: This American Century in the Middle East   Richard B. Parker     xi
Preface     xvii
Overview of the Middle East     1
Fifteen Centuries of Islam     3
Unity and Diversity     3
Islam and the West     4
Arabia: Birthplace of the Muslim Community     5
Foundations of Islamic Faith and Practice     11
Islam Today     17
The Struggle in Islam     29
Arab-Israeli Conflict     33
Origins of the Conflict     34
The British Mandate     37
Partition of Palestine     49
Early Arab-Israeli Relations     52
The 1956 Suez Crisis and War     54
Arab Rivalries     55
The June 1967 War     56
The October 1973 War     61
Rise of the PLO     65
Camp David Accords     69
Israel at War in Lebanon     72
Diplomacy, 1982-1987     75
The Intifada, 1987-1991     78
The U.S.-PLO Dialogue     81
Seeds of Agreement     82
Post-Oslo     85
Camp David, the al-Aqsa Intifada, and the End of Oslo     89
Israeli Unilateralism and Post-Arafat Politics     93
Outlook     95
Persian Gulf Conflicts     97
The Iran-Iraq Rivalry     99
The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988     100
The Persian Gulf Crisis, 1990-1991     103
The Persian Gulf War, 1991     109
Containing Iraq     111
The Iraq War, 2003     118
Postwar Developments     121
Islamist Extremism and Terrorism     128
Iran's Drive for Nuclear Capability     131
Pakistan, the "Islamic Bomb," and Relations with the Taliban and Afghanistan     132
Gulf Cooperation Council     135
Outlook     138
Middle Eastern Oil and Gas     141
History     141
Prices Plummet     146
The Persian Gulf Crisis and War     148
Twenty-First-Century Recovery     151
Peak Oil     154
Growing Demand: China and India     154
Caspian Sea Petroleum     155
Economic Diversification     155
Natural Gas     156
Outlook     157
U.S. Policy in the Middle East      159
The Executive Branch     160
Congress     163
The Public and Foreign Policy     164
U.S. Middle East Policy     166
Outlook     213
Profiles     215
Egypt     217
Iran     235
Iraq     261
Israel     279
Jordan     307
Kuwait     325
Lebanon     337
Libya     361
Palestinian Authority     377
Persian Gulf States     395
Saudi Arabia     417
Syria     437
Turkey     457
Yemen     475
Appendix     487
Chronology of Events, 1900-2006     489
Major Middle Eastern Wars, 1948-2006     623
Bibliography     625
Index     639
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