The Modern Middle East: A History / Edition 3

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Newly revised and updated for the second decade of the twenty-first century, the third edition of The Modern Middle East: A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region over the course of the past 500 years. Beginning with the first glimmerings of the current international state and economic systems in the sixteenth century, this book examines the impact of imperial and imperialist legacies, the great nineteenth-century transformation, cultural continuities and upheavals, international diplomacy, economic booms and busts, the emergence of authoritarian regimes, and the current challenges to those regimes on everyday life in an area of vital concern to us all.

Engagingly written, drawing from the author's own research and other studies, and stocked with maps and photographs, original documents, and an abundance of supplementary materials, The Modern Middle East: A History, Third Edition, will provide both novices and specialists with fresh insights into the events that have shaped history and the debates about them that have absorbed historians.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Gelvin evokes a fascinating tale of the intersection of the forces of progress, reformation, revolution and imperialism that have collectively defined the modern Middle East. His cogent and crisply written history now sets the standard for serious surveys of the region."—Ussama Makdisi, Rice University

"By far the most engaging survey of the modern Middle East that I have read in a long time. . . . clearly written, often humorous, accessible to students and non-specialists and theoretically sophisticated."—Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington University

"An important and much-needed conceptual approach to the modern history of the Middle East."—Edmund "Terry" Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199766055
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 91,132
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Gelvin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. An award-winning teacher, he is the author of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2005, 2007), Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998), and numerous shorter works.

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Table of Contents


Vignettes and Maps
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction: 9/11 in Historical Perspective

Part I: The Advent of the Modern Age

1. From Late Antiquity to the Dawn of a New Age
2. Gunpowder Empires
3. The Middle East and the Modern World System
4. War, Diplomacy, and the New Global Balance of Power

Evliya Chelebi: Seyahatanamé
Draft Treaty of Amity & Commerce between the Ottoman Empire and France, February 1535
The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (1)
The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (2)

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Part II: The Question of Modernity

5. Defensive Developmentalism
6. Imperialism
7. Wasif Jawhariyyeh and the Great Nineteenth-Century Transformation

Photo Essay: The Great Transformation

8. The Life of the Mind
9. Secularism and Modernity
10. Constitutionalism

Commercial Convention (Balta Liman): Britain and the Ottoman Empire
The Hatt-i Sharif of Gulhane
The Islahat Fermani
The d'Arcy Oil Concession
Algeria: Poetry of Loss
Huda Shaarawi: A New Mentor and Her Salon for Women
Rifa"a Raf" al-Tahtawi: The Extraction of Gold or an Overview of Paris
Muhammad "Abduh: The Theology of Unity
Namik Kemal: Extract from the Journal Hürriyet
The Supplementary Fundamental Laws of 7 October 1907

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Part III: World War I and the Middle East State System

11. State-Building by Decree
12. State-Building by Revolution and Conquest
13. The Introduction and Spread of Nationalism
14. The Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

Resolution of the Syrian General Congress at Damascus, 2 July 1919
Theodor Herzl: A Solution of the Jewish Question
The Balfour Declaration, 2 November 1917
Mahmud Darwish: Eleven Planets in the Last Andalusian Sky

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Part IV: The Contemporary Era

15. State and Society in the Contemporary Middle East: An Old/New Relationship??
16. Oil
17. The United States and the Middle East
18. Israel, the Arab States, and the Palestinians
19. The Iranian Revolution
20. Political Islam

Conclusion: The Middle East in the "Age of Globalization"

Speech Delivered by President Gamal "Abd al-Nasser at Port Said on the Occasion of Victory Day on
23 December 1961
Zakaria Tamer: Tigers on the Tenth Day
U.N. Security Council Resolution 242
"Ali Shari"ati: The Philosophy of History: The Story of Cain and Abel
Ayatollah Khomeini: Islamic Government
Sayyid Qutb: Milestones

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Biographical Sketches

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