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    DescriptionThe level of noise about the Arab world is increasing. Security and energy are major concerns. Wars and globalisation are pushing the Arabs and Westerners into closer contact. Understanding the Arabs has never been more important, never so critical to our dealings with the Arab world where the personal often matters most. Yet, few books have tried to bring out this personal factor, to describe the people behind the events and strategic trends, to say what they are like and why. This book recognises the Arabs' diversity and then reaches beyond to identify the core themes which give the Arab world its distinctive personality and sense of community. These themes - family, religion, Arabism and power - track an experience very different to our own. They illuminate the Arabs values and aspirations, the dilemmas they face in a time of change. Mark Allen's brilliant analysis comes of 35 years' study of the Arab world, 'being both friend and enemy'. His insight into faith, culture and attitudes to power explains much about the contradictions, the restlessness and the tension we now see in the region.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Allen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780826494023
    ISBN 10: 0826494021

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR2
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17530
    LC classification: BP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC048000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ARAB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    DC22: 305.8927, 305.89275357
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JBSR
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FB
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PGP
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    09 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Sir Mark Allen was educated at Downside and Oxford. He has recently retired from a outstanding career with the FCO. He is now a consultant to Pearson/Longman and BP. He lives in London but still travels extensively.
    Review quote
    "In Arabs, Mark Allen has written a gem of a book... Allen's skills as an avid and accomplished falconer provided him a window into Arab cultural and societal values like no other"--Sanford Lakoff "Organ Australia "
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. In Search of the Arab.; 2. Blood.; 3. Religion; 4. Community; 5. Women; 6. The Problem of Power; 7. Politics; 8. Modernity; 9. Language and Signals; 10. Outlook; Bibliography.