The Contemporary Middle East: With Special Contributions by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. and Shibley Telhami / Edition 1

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This volume of provocative contributions by an impressive array of leading scholars, journalists, and policy advisors provides a brief and accessible introduction to selected topical issues of the Middle East. Academic contributors include Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., William Cleveland, Colbert Held, Shibley Telhami, David Lesch, David E. Long, Bernard Reich, Samih Farsoun, and Phebe Marr, among notable others--complemented by contributions from former State Department official David Phillips, senior journalists Mark Huband and Thomas Lippman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid.With an integrative opening essay by honored scholar Arthur Goldschmidt Jr, The Contemporary Middle East is an invaluable new core text for courses introducing students to the current Middle East. Its strategic pairing of topics (Israel and Palestine, Iran and Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) enhances student comprehension of comparison and context, and ensures that students repeatedly re-encounter key issues from a variety of perspectives. Concise summaries introduce each chapter. A new concluding chapter by Shibley Telhami candidly addresses fundamental questions about the United States and the Middle East today in question-and-answer format.Student resources include a Select Bibliography by William Cleveland, a Glossary, a Brief Biographical Register, and a Chronology, in addition to numerous maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343396
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. A frequent contributor to the nation's television, radio, and print media, he is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Pennsylvania State University. He is (with Lawrence Davidson) the author of A Concise History of the Middle East, Eighth Edition, and is the author as well of Modern Egypt: Foundation of a Nation-State, Second Edition. He is the recipient of the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2000 Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Middle East 1
Ch. 2 Peoples and cultures of the Middle East 7
Ch. 3 The roots of Arab bitterness 27
Ch. 4 The Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty 41
Ch. 5 The Palestinians 47
Ch. 6 The United States and Israel 61
Ch. 7 Israeli-Palestinian relations since the Gulf War 75
Ch. 8 Ethnicity and nation-building in the state of Israel 93
Ch. 9 Whither Palestine and the Palestinians? 107
Ch. 10 The land and people of modern Iraq 119
Ch. 11 The Iranian revolution 131
Ch. 12 The Iranian revolution and the rebirth of political Islam 143
Ch. 13 The US occupation of Iraq 159
Ch. 14 The role of the Persian Gulf region 171
Ch. 15 The kingdom of Saudi Arabia 185
Ch. 16 Fissures in the facade of amity between the United States and Saudi Arabia 199
Ch. 17 Egypt under Mubarak 211
Ch. 18 Egypt : the community of Muslims 221
Ch. 19 Islamist perceptions of US policy in the Middle East 231
Ch. 20 American power and the Middle East 243
Ch. 21 The contemporary Middle East : some questions, some answers 257
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