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The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs

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Publisher Comments:

As 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.

Book News Annotation:

A London-based writer of fiction and non-fiction, Jones spent time as a child in Morocco and has often visited and studied the Middle East during his career. This is his attempt to come to grips with the violence that characterizes the Arab and Muslim world. He attributes it to the absolutism of the political order, suggesting that absolute power corrupts absolutely everywhere, not just in England. His topics include tribal society and its legacy, power challenging and careerism, the Turkish example, colonialism, the impact of communism, Arabia and oil, the issue of Palestine, and image and identity. The 1989 edition was published by Harper and Row. Jones adds a new preface to this edition. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This important book explains how Arabs are closed in a circle defined by tribal, religious, and cultural traditions. David Pryce-Jones examines the tribal forces which, he believes, 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, a closed circle from which they have been unable to escape, and in which violence is systemic. A healthy corrective, a thought-provoking study. --David K. Shipler, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566638265
Author:
Pryce-jones, David
Publisher:
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Author:
Pryce-Jones, David
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Civilization, arab
Subject:
National characteristics, Arab.
Subject:
Sociology-Islamic Studies
Series:
Edward Burlingame Book
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.30x5.50x1.30 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This important book explains how Arabs are closed in a circle defined by tribal, religious, and cultural traditions. David Pryce-Jones examines the tribal forces which, he believes, 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, a closed circle from which they have been unable to escape, and in which violence is systemic. A healthy corrective, a thought-provoking study. --David K. Shipler, New York Times Book Review
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