Faith Misplaced

Faith Misplaced : The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations 1820-2001

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This is a controversial and dramatic portrait of a defining choice in US foreign policy that sacrificed years of carefully built good relations with the Arab world, from a leading Lebanese American scholar recently honored by the Carnegie Corporation for his work enriching the discourse on Islam. America has seen the Arab world variously as a place to be saved, educated, traded with and them as a regional political challenge to be managed - sometimes all simultaneously. To the Arabs, America appeared first as huddles of missionaries, as educated institutions, then as oil-needy industrialists and in a final dizzying betrayal as the prime mover behind the legitimization of the state of Israel. From afar, each has looked exotic and enticing to the other; up close the experience has been fright with tension and resentment. In this provocative new book, Lebanese American scholar Ussama Makdisi explores the relationship that might have been between the Americans and the Arabs - based on many shared educational and cultural values-and how close that relationship was to being realised. Makdisi tells of the years when America was an ideal that Arabs could aspire to. And he chronicles in close detail the key moment when the relationship went awry, offering sobering policy recommendations on how America can redeem itself in Arab eyes.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 657.71g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586486802
  • 9781586486808
  • 1,850,679

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Kirkus, a STARRED review "A sage, evenhanded look at the souring of a once-promising relationship... While numerous recent books delve more deeply into the Arab-Israel crisis of the modern era, Makdisi maneuvers through this minefield with a steady hand... A work of impressive clarity and scholarship." Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy, July 29, 2010"Makdisi is a distinguished historian at Rice University, who's written a fascinating and spirited account of the tragic deterioration in U.S. relations with most of the Arab and Islamic world...If you're still curious about "why they hate us?" this book is a good place to start." Christian Science Monitor, July 19, 2010"While Makdisi's narrative is lopsided - focusing on how ties to Israel undermined US-Arab relations without mentioning how Arab nations themselves have undermined relations - his well-written book offers fresh insight into the American evangelical presence in the Middle East." The Palestine Note, June 30, 2010show more

About Ussama Makdis

Ussama Makdisi is Arab American Educational Foundation Professor of History at Rice University. In April 2009 the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar for his contributions to enriching the country's discourse on Islam. Makdisi came to Rice in 1997 from Princeton University, where he earned a doctorate in history. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from Wesleyan Universityshow more

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