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    DescriptionAs the violence of the Middle East has come to America, many Westerners are stunned and confounded by this new form of mayhem that appears to be a feature of Arab societies. This important book explains how Arabs are closed in a circle defined by tribal, religious, and cultural traditions. David Pryce-Jones examines the forces which "drive the Arabs in their dealings with each other and with the West." In the postwar world, he argues, the Arabs reverted to age-old tribal and kinship structures, from which they have been unable to escape. In tribal society, loyalty is extended to close kin and other members of the tribe. The successful nation-state-the model that Westerners understand-generates broader loyalties, but the tribal world has no institutions that have evolved by common consent for the general good. Those who seek power achieve it by plotting secretly and ruthlessly eliminating their rivals. In the Arab world, violence is systemic. "This is a healthy corrective, a thought-provoking study. And Mr. Pryce-Jones has done his research, bringing a wealth of reading to his task; the book is extensively documented, with a good section of reference notes."-David K. Shipler, New York Times Book Review. "Acute insights into how the Middle East works, or fails to work. This is definitely a book to be read, if also one to be thought about carefully and rather critically."-David Morgan, Times Literary Supplement.

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    The Closed Circle
    An Interpretation of the Arabs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Pryce-Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9781566638265
    ISBN 10: 1566638267

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    DC21: 909.0974927
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC048000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ARAB
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    DC22: 909.0974927
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    DC22: 909/.0974927
    LC classification: DS36.77 .P79 2009
    Thema V1.0: NH, NHG
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FB
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PGP
    Edition statement
    2009 ed.
    Ivan R Dee, Inc
    Imprint name
    Ivan R Dee, Inc
    Publication date
    15 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    David Pryce-Jones is the author of nineteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including The War That Never Was, Paris in the Third Reich, The Face of Defeat, and The Hungarian Revolution, as well as novels and literary biography. He lives in London.
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    This is definitely a book to be read, if also one to be thought about carefully and rather critically. -- David Morgan Times Literary Supplement (UK) Powerful ... must be considered and appreciated even by those who think they disagree with it. -- Amos Elon A brilliant book. -- Hugh Nissenson A landmark for understanding the politics of the Middle East ... as brilliant as it is depressing. -- Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum; author of Militant Islam Comes to America Refreshing ... most stimulating ... as with the best historical works, The Closed Circle is the outcome, and the resolution, of a puzzlement. -- Elie Kedourie A brilliant insight into the way Arab societies work. A healthy corrective, a thought-provoking study. -- David K. Shipler The New York Times Excellent. Having lived in Arabia for six years, I can say that this text superbly sets out the historical events that led us to the current situation today and explains many aspects of the culture that are misunderstood. -- Daniel Kirk, Macon State College