The Tragedy of the Middle East / Edition 1

The Tragedy of the Middle East / Edition 1

by Barry Rubin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521806232

ISBN-13: 9780521806237

Pub. Date: 06/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Middle East has changed clearly, substantially, and dramatically during the last decade. Yet scholarly and public understanding lags far behind recent events. Barry Rubin's historical and political summation of the region shows how events and ideas have both shaped and altered its character. Three interlinked themes are crucial to the book. First, a

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The Middle East has changed clearly, substantially, and dramatically during the last decade. Yet scholarly and public understanding lags far behind recent events. Barry Rubin's historical and political summation of the region shows how events and ideas have both shaped and altered its character. Three interlinked themes are crucial to the book. First, a reinterpretation of the era of recent upheaval the Middle East has just passed through, which the author calls the Era of Radical Expectations. During that period, many Arabs believed that some leader, country, or radical movement would unite the region, solving all its problems. Second, an evaluation of how the historical experience of the period between the 1940s and the 1990s undermined the old system, making change necessary. Third, an analysis of the region today that explains future developments, in what the author terms the Era of Reluctant Pragmatism, as the Middle Eastern societies determine their relationships to the West. Barry Rubin is Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya, Israel, and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs. He is the author of 16 books on the Middle East and has edited another 17 that include the widely reviewed and acclaimed The Transformation of Palestinian Politics (Harvard, 1999) and The Israel-Arab Reader (Penguin/Putnam, 2002)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521806237
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2015
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. The triumph of the 'old Middle East'; 2. Paradigm lost; 3. The regime's success, the nation's disaster; 4. Syria, the test case for reform; 5. Iran: the people versus the will of God?; 6. Force and violence in Middle East politics; 7. The battle for the soul of Islam; 8. The Arab-Israeli conflict: foundation stone or millstone?; 9. The political uses of anti-Americanism; 10. The uncivil society and the wall of lies.

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