The Shaping of the Modern Middle East

The Shaping of the Modern Middle East

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This classic work by the leading Middle East scholar of our time offers a definitive, insightful, and now more timely than ever history of Western-Middle Eastern relations from the late seventeenth century to the present day. Fully revised to cover the volatile developments of the last three decades, The Shaping of the Modern Middle East sheds light on the climax and sudden end of the cold war, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Arab-Israeli wars, the formation and activities of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, the Persian Gulf War, and the Iranian revolution. Illuminating the region's geography, culture, history, language, and religion, Lewis explores the complex and often confusing issues of Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and responses and reactions in the Middle East to centuries of Western influence, revealing the subtlety and sophistication of this dynamic civilization as no other scholar more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 16mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 2 maps
  • 0195072820
  • 9780195072822
  • 1,671,391

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From reviews of the first edition: 'The best short book on the Middle East known to this reviewer. It is a work of the highest level, combining elegance of style with an easy mastery of the subject.' New York Review of Booksshow more

Table of contents

1. Sketches for a Historical Portrait ; 2. The Impact of the West ; 3. The Quest for Freedom ; 4. Patriotism and Nationalism ; 5. The Revolt of Islam ; 6. The Middle East in International Affairs ; Notes ; Bibliographical Noteshow more

About Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of many books including Race and Slavery in the Middle East, The Arabs in History, and Islam and the more

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