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The Middle East for Dummies (For Dummies)

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Demystifies the area’s culture, politics, and religions

Explore Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times

Looking to better understand the Middle East? This plain-English guide explains the importance of the region, especially in light of recent events. You’ll meet its people and their leaders, discover the differences and similarities between Arab and Western mindsets, and examine the wars and conflicts – including the Israeli-Palestinian turmoil – that led up to the current political situation.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Synopsis:

International relations between the Middle East and the West, as well as among the nations of the Middle East itself, profoundly affect the political climate of the entire world. "The Middle East For Dummies" relates in commonsense terms the rich history of this diverse region.

Synopsis:

Includes information about the history (cultural, social, economic, political, religious) of the Middle East, looking at whether the geopolitical makeup of the region always been as divisive as it currently is and how the region's history affects current affairs.

Synopsis:

Demystifies the area's culture, politics, and religions

Explore Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times

Looking to better understand the Middle East? This plain-English guide explains the importance of the region, especially in light of recent events. You'll meet its people and their leaders, discover the differences and similarities between Arab and Western mindsets, and examine the wars and conflicts - including the Israeli-Palestinian turmoil - that led up to the current political situation.

The Dummies Way

* Explanations in plain English

* "Get in, get out" information

* Icons and other navigational aids

* Tear-out cheat sheet

* Top ten lists

* A dash of humor and fun

Synopsis:

The Middle East is a hotbed of political and military activity. News about the region and its players appear every day in newspapers and on television reports. Information on the Middle East, terrorism, and Islam is in high demand as people seek to better understand the world in which we live. In order to appreciate the deeper cultural, economic, and political significances of current events, many people have opted to broaden their knowledge on the topic of the Middle East. As a result, enrollment in classes about Islamic ideology, current events in the Middle East, and the Arabic language have skyrocketed (www.uwire.com).

About the Author

Craig S. Davis received a dual PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Religious Studies from Indiana University. His teaching competencies include Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Acquainted with the Middle East.

Chapter 1: The Middle East’s Relevance in the 21st Century.

Chapter 2: Charting a Map.

Chapter 3: Middle Eastern Hospitality.

Part II: The History of the Middle East.

Chapter 4: The Ancient Middle East.

Chapter 5: The Medieval Middle East.

Chapter 6: The Modern Middle East.

Part III: Politics, Islam, and Oil: Three Reasons Not to Ignore the Middle East.

Chapter 7: Leadership: Kings, Presidents, and Dictators.

Chapter 8: Islamic Militancy in a Nutshell.

Chapter 9: Islam and the West.

Chapter 10: It’s All About the Oil: Economics in the Middle East.

Part IV: Regions in Turmoil.

Chapter 11: The Powder Keg: Israel and Palestine.

Chapter 12: Iraq.

Chapter 13: Afghanistan.

Chapter 14: Pakistan.

Part V: Regions in Repair.

Chapter 15: North Africa.

Chapter 16: Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

Chapter 17: The Arabian Peninsula.

Chapter 18: Non-Arab Muslim States.

Part VI: Cultural Contributions of the Middle East.

Chapter 19: A Mosaic of Religions.

Chapter 20: Religions on the Edge.

Chapter 21: The Family: The Hub of Middle Eastern Life.

Chapter 22: Language and Literature.

Chapter 23: Arts and Sciences.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Key Ethnic Groups.

Chapter 25: Ten Key Militant Groups.

Chapter 26: Ten Key Challenges.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764554834
Author:
David, Craig S
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Davis, Craig S.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
World history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Series Volume:
230
Publication Date:
20110310
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.22x7.42x.97 in. 1.35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , International relations between the Middle East and the West, as well as among the nations of the Middle East itself, profoundly affect the political climate of the entire world. "The Middle East For Dummies" relates in commonsense terms the rich history of this diverse region.
"Synopsis" by , Includes information about the history (cultural, social, economic, political, religious) of the Middle East, looking at whether the geopolitical makeup of the region always been as divisive as it currently is and how the region's history affects current affairs.
"Synopsis" by , Demystifies the area's culture, politics, and religions

Explore Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times

Looking to better understand the Middle East? This plain-English guide explains the importance of the region, especially in light of recent events. You'll meet its people and their leaders, discover the differences and similarities between Arab and Western mindsets, and examine the wars and conflicts - including the Israeli-Palestinian turmoil - that led up to the current political situation.

The Dummies Way

* Explanations in plain English

* "Get in, get out" information

* Icons and other navigational aids

* Tear-out cheat sheet

* Top ten lists

* A dash of humor and fun

"Synopsis" by , The Middle East is a hotbed of political and military activity. News about the region and its players appear every day in newspapers and on television reports. Information on the Middle East, terrorism, and Islam is in high demand as people seek to better understand the world in which we live. In order to appreciate the deeper cultural, economic, and political significances of current events, many people have opted to broaden their knowledge on the topic of the Middle East. As a result, enrollment in classes about Islamic ideology, current events in the Middle East, and the Arabic language have skyrocketed (www.uwire.com).
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