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Debating the undebatable
on 19 June 2001
As opposed to most studies of contemporary international problems, this book offers a genuinely two-sided argument; Rabbi Cohn-Sherbok and Dr El-ALami are not merely academics exploring a particular issue, they are passionately involved in their subject, and if nothing else, the concluding debate illustrates that the current crisis in the Middle East is unlikely to be settled in the near, or even the distant, future.
Written as a "beginner's guide" the book is nonetheless worth reading for scholars, students, and laypeople and anyone else with an interest in trying to understand why there is constant coverage from the Middle East on news broadcasts.
With a view of making the reader make his or her own mind up about the arguments, the authors explore a number of historical events that have led to the present situation from their own particular viewpoint. The investigations are clear and well-structured and whilst the book is easily read during a day, it is nonetheless a book to come back to again and again for reference.