Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle and Self-Expression

Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle and Self-Expression

by Mordechai Nisan
     
 

Over time an indelible stereotype has emerged that the Middle East is a monocultural terrain stretching from the Sahara and Morocco in the west to southern Asia and the Indus Valley in the east, inhabited by Muslims alone. It has become customary as well to see the area from North Africa to the Persian Gulf as inhabited by Arabs speaking the Arabic tongue.

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Over time an indelible stereotype has emerged that the Middle East is a monocultural terrain stretching from the Sahara and Morocco in the west to southern Asia and the Indus Valley in the east, inhabited by Muslims alone. It has become customary as well to see the area from North Africa to the Persian Gulf as inhabited by Arabs speaking the Arabic tongue.

The reality, which this work focuses on, is that across the broad expanse of the Middle East various minorities have long persevered with their unique character and way of life. Pressed to persist in a threatening environment, these minorities (Kurds, Berbers, Baluchi, Druzes, 'Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Maronites, Sudanese Christians, Jews, and others) share similar experiences and have been known to cooperate for shared goals.

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impressive
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"informative volume.... Useful"
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In contrast to the common monocultural stereotype of the Middle East as Islamic and Arabic, Nisan reveals the unique character and way of life, as well as shared experiences and goals, of a variety of Middle East minorities, including Kurds, Berbers, Baluch, Druzes, ^Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Maronites, Sudanese Christians, and Jews. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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a significant book...it is helpful, informative and balanced...helpful, timely and accessible book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899505640
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
312

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