The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years

The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years

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by Bernard Lewis
     
 

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In a sweeping and vivid survey, renowned historian Bernard Lewis charts the history of the Middle East over the last 2,000 years, from the birth of Christianity through the modern era, focusing on the successive transformations that have shaped it.

Drawing on material from a multitude of sources, including the work of archaeologists and scholars, Lewis

Overview

In a sweeping and vivid survey, renowned historian Bernard Lewis charts the history of the Middle East over the last 2,000 years, from the birth of Christianity through the modern era, focusing on the successive transformations that have shaped it.

Drawing on material from a multitude of sources, including the work of archaeologists and scholars, Lewis chronologically traces the political, economical, social, and cultural development of the Middle East, from Hellenization in antiquity to the impact of westernization on Islamic culture. Meticulously researched, this enlightening narrative explores the patterns of history that have repeated themselves in the Middle East.

From the ancient conflicts to the current geographical and religious disputes between the Arabs and the Israelis, Lewis examines the ability of this region to unite and solve its problems and asks if, in the future, these unresolved conflicts will ultimately lead to the ethnic and cultural factionalism that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

Elegantly written, scholarly yet accessible, The Middle East is the most comprehensive single volume history of the region ever written from the world’s foremost authority on the Middle East.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A noted Middle East historian, Lewis (Islam and the West, LJ 5/1/93) has written a 2000-year history of a region stretching from Libya to Central Asia. He concludes with the effects of the Gulf War and the entry into negotiations of the PLO and the government of Israel. Beginning his history before the rise of Christianity and Islam, Lewis seeks to illuminate the connections between the ancient Middle East and the modern region. He outlines the histories of pre-Islamic Arabia and the two great empires of Sasanid Persia and Byzantium. These entities formed the backdrop for the rise of the Prophet Muhammed and the formation of the Islamic polity. Lewis concentrates on the cultural, social, and economic changes in the region while keeping the political narrative to a minimum. He includes many direct quotations from a variety of contemporary sources to highlight a given period and place, providing an immediacy of experience not offered by conventional narrative or analysis. Highly recommended.-Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684832807
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
08/07/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
325,494
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Lewis (born May 31, 1916) was born in London. He is the author of forty-six books on Islam and the Middle East, including Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian; The End of Modern History in the Middle East; and The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror. He also wrote three major syntheses for general audiences: The Arabs in History; The Middle East and the West; and The Middle East. Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1916
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

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As I first started reading this book, I realized that it was definitely well put together. The research and accuracy is definitely entertaining. However, this book is not for any student looking for a quick lesson on Middle East history. The descriptions and chapters are long and at times cover alot of material that can make you sleepy after a long day. The chapters touch the origins of many empires, religions and modern day issues. This may not be the book for someone wanting to start learning about Mid-East culture from scratch. I have to say this writing does include vocabulary, mainly arabic words. I found this to be helpful in learning a few new words. Overall the book is good if you want accurate information. Just be prepared for alot of information and make sure to have coffee in the house.
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Prof. Lewis begins with the Roman and Persian Empires to lay the foundation for this sweeping history of the Middle East. Given the range of area and the span of time, it can only be but an overview history--but his command of the dates, people, and places which made the history of this area is unparalleled. He is neither an apologist for the Arab peoples, like Edward Said or John Esposito, nor a hasty critic. He is a great historian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a noted historian, yet was interested in the world's history both before and after the birth of Christ. History on the mideast was not something I studied. It was a wrestling match to pick apart the Mid East history to 637 CE, but so interesting to learn about Persia, Parthians or Parthinians, Meso-Potamia, and Cyrus and Alexander the Greats. I've yet to read about the rise of Islam given Conquest by Arabia to the advanced organization and adjustment of Islam to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best survey of Middle Eastern history now available, by the most distinguished living Orientalist. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the Islamic world.
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for those interested in the subject
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Within the orientalists intellectual circle, Benard Lewis is considered a heretical historian within the topics of Islam and the Middle East and because of his educational bias from Israel, he attacks the Arabs and Islam. His dangerous ideology calls for the destruction of Islam by the Western powers. Edward Said, in his book Orientalism points out the idiotic ideas and points by that of Mr Lewis. While some right wing propandists may hold him high in respect, many intellectuals consider him on the other end of great monumentals such as Edward Said and John L. Esposito.