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Books for understanding the modern Middle East
State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East
"Readable, scholarly introduction to the major political issues & theories in Middle Eastern studies."
Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (The Contemporary Middle East)
"From a "post-colonial" perspective, Lockman examines how the region and particularly Islam have been portrayed in (mostly) western media & scholarship."
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
"Or, how the Troubles began: Anglo-French colonial rivalry and collaboration; American idealism; ambiguous reactions to Zionism; divide and rule among the Arabs."
The Origins of Arab Nationalism
"Sweeping analysis of the origins of the political movement that would dominate the mid-century Arab lands."
Ataturk: The Rebirth of a Nation
"Definitive biography of the region's outstanding figure in the early 20th century."
State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergence of the Pahlavis (Library of Modern Middle East Studies)
"Why Iranian politics lurched from despotism to vacuum in the first half of the 20th century."
Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics)
"The stiff-upper-lipped Englishman Thesiger is our guide in the Empty Quarter of Arabia: requiem for a vanished way of life."
A Savage War Of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)
"The tragedy of the pieds-noirs: white settlers overrun by the forces of history (anti-colonial nationalism) and betrayed by the mother country."
The Arab-Israeli Conflict (Seminar Studies In History)
"Balanced account of the region's most durable conflict."
Nasser at War: Arab Images of the Enemy
"Shifting political alliances and perspectives as seen through the propaganda of the region's most important leader of the 1950s and 60s."
A History of Iraq
"Thematic approach to Iraqi history, focusing on conflicting ideas of the role of the state in creating, representing and protecting Iraqis."
The War for Lebanon, 1970-85 (Cornell Paperbacks)
"Demise of the moderately successful state of Lebanon, victim of a modern, tragic version of the Great Game."
Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution
"The Islamic Revolution in its political context."
Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World (Fully Revised Edition)
"Impassioned essay which argues that fundamentalist Islam is, to a great extent, a bogeyman created by media and politicians."
Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians
"Heavily critical analysis of Israel's bellicose former leader, and the failure of the political current he represents."
The Collapse of Middle East Peace: The Rise & Fall of the Oslo Peace Accords
"Is the very idea of a peace "process" doomed to failure?"
Intifada: The Long Day of Rage
"Journalist's account of the social and ideological issues behind the seemingly permanent state of uprising in the Palestinian territories."
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East
"Doorstop-sized recap of the region's simmering conflicts and problems, and where they came from."
The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud
"Murky history of the Saudi royal family."
The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace
"Insider's account of where the American-led invasion went wrong."
Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East
"Now slightly dated examination of the media upstart."
Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy, and Society
"Gender roles in transition."
Iran Awakening: A memoir of revolution and hope
"Autobiography mixed with polemic from the courageous, indomitable Nobel Peace Prize winner."
Popular Culture and Political Identity in the Arab Gulf States (SOAS Middle East Issues)
"The new beacons of the Middle East: overflowing with oil money, but what future for these hyper-consumerist mini-states?"
The Performance of Jewish and Arab Music in Israel Today: A special issue of the journal Musical Performance: Pt. 1
"Israel's multiculturalism revealed in its musical output."
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