Middle East Patterns: Places, Peoples, and Politics / Edition 5

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Now in its fifth edition, Middle East Patterns continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative geographical study of the region. New coauthor John Thomas Cummings joins Colbert C. Held in updating this classic work while retaining the well-received framework of past editions. The authors first cover the Middle East from a topical perspective, considering the region’s biophysical, ethnographic, economic, and geopolitical patterns, and then provide in-depth country-by-country coverage. The fifth edition maintains the book’s distinctive focus on geography, natural resources, and land-use patterns while integrating updated comparative material on development economics and political economy throughout the book, as well as new sections on terrorism and piracy and the effects of development on women’s health issues. Richly illustrated with more than 100 photos and 60 maps, this acclaimed book remains the best accessible resource for students and general readers who seek to understand the spatial dynamics of the Middle East
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Editorial Reviews

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"A fine sourcebook and text on the Middle East.” —The Professional Geographer

If there is one book to read this year on the Middle East, this is the one!” —Choice

“…informative and instructive about a fascinating region.” —Middle East Quarterly

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Held (geography, Baylor U.) revises the 1994 second edition drastically to reflect the rapid changes since then, updating all the statistics, bibliographic references, and notes. He discusses the physical and cultural geography of the region as a whole, then focuses on specific regions within it. He has periodically worked in, studied, and done field work in the Middle East since 1957, and visited most recently with wife Mildred in 1997. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344010
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Colbert C. Held is former diplomat-in-residence at Baylor University. He served for fifteen years as a foreign service officer with assignments in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, as well as successive temporary missions in every country in the Middle East.

John Thomas Cummings has spent nearly thirty years in the Middle East with the US Department of the Treasury, USAID, and the World Bank. He has taught economic development and international economics at Al-Hikma University Baghdad, Suffolk University, Tufts University, and the University of Texas at Austin

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Table of Contents

1 Tricontinental junction : an introduction 3
2 The face of the earth 13
3 Patterns of time : historical-geographical foundations 61
4 Patterns of peoples, cultures, and settlements 85
5 The desert and the sown : land use 137
6 Riches beneath the earth 159
7 Manufacturing and transportation 189
8 The earth and the state : geopolitics 217
9 Syria : Middle East heartland 267
10 Lebanon and Cyprus : a mountain and an island 291
11 Jordan : the land beyond and between 319
12 Israel, Palestine, and disputed territories 339
13 Iraq : modern Mesopotamia 377
14 Saudi Arabia : development in the desert 407
15 The Gulf and its oil states 433
16 Oman and Yemen : the southern fringe 471
17 Egypt : a river and a people 501
18 Turkey : bridgeland in Anatolia 529
19 Iran : complex republic on the plateau 559
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