Download e-book for kindle: An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, by David S. Sorenson

By David S. Sorenson

ISBN-10: 0813349222

ISBN-13: 9780813349220

Combining components of comparative politics with a country-by-country research, writer David S. Sorenson offers an entire and obtainable creation to the trendy center East. With an emphasis at the politics of the zone, the textual content additionally dedicates chapters in particular to the heritage, religions, and economies of nations within the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, the jap Mediterranean, and North Africa. In each one kingdom bankruptcy, a quick political historical past is through discussions of democratization, non secular politics, women's matters, civil society, financial improvement, privatization, and international relations.

In this up to date and revised moment version, An creation to the trendy center East comprises new fabric at the Arab Spring, the adjustments in Turkish politics, the Iranian nuclear matters, and the newest efforts to unravel the Israeli-Palestinian obstacle. Introductory chapters offer an immense thematic assessment for every of the book's person kingdom chapters and brief vignettes during the publication provide readers an opportunity for private reflection.

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Present-day actors carry out their functions in an environment where the past shapes their political latitudes. Their own understanding of their history similarly shapes their own beliefs and values. This is true in every country in the world, but it may be particularly true of countries in the Middle East. Images. Readers will find short vignettes at the beginning of most sections and chapters called “images,” drawn from observations by the author that led to personal reflection. Perhaps they will do the same for the reader.

The three major non-Arab countries in the Middle East are Iran, Israel, and Turkey. Iranians speak Persian, today known as Farsi, derived from the original name of their country, which became “Iran” only in 1935. Iranians have both linguistic and cultural differences that set them apart from others in the regions, and Shi’a Islam became dominant in Persia after the fifteenth century. Israel is a political newcomer to the Middle East (though not the most recent), established as a state in 1948 with a Hebrew-speaking population, despite the fact that almost 20 percent of Israelis are Arab speakers.

Political-religious entity ruled by a caliph, abolished in 1924 Confessional. A political system divided along religious lines, particularly in Lebanon Coptic. A Christian sect, found mostly in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea Dhimmi. Term for Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims living in a subordinate status in Muslim countries Druze. Derivation of Ismaili Shi’a, found mostly in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel Emir (or Amir). Title of ruler, used mostly in the Persian Gulf Arab states Fatima.

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