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The eighth edition of Arthur Goldschmidt’s widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment. Written for undergraduate college students, the text assumes no prior knowledge of Middle Eastern history. It focuses on the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, the modernization efforts of Middle Eastern governments, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the aftermath of the Gulf War, and issues surrounding the Palestinian Question. The eighth edition brings new discussion to the post-9/11 political developments and surveys terrorism in the Middle East, the Iraq War, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Updated to account for recent events and recent scholarship, this text by Goldschmidt (emeritus, Middle East history, Pennsylvania State U.) and Davidson (history, West Chester U.) is intended as an introduction to Middle Eastern history for undergraduate students completely unfamiliar with the region. The history, which travels from pre-Islamic times to the invasion and occupation of Iraq by the United States and Britain and covers the standard topics, manages to avoid many of the myths perpetuated by other US-produced texts and treats the sociopolitical concerns of modern Arabs and other peoples with more sympathy and seriousness than is often found in the literature. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The classic, bestselling textbook on the history of the Middle East by renowned scholar Arthur Goldschmidt, updated to reflect the latest scholarship and recent events in that turbulent region.

About the Author

Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Pennsylvania State University. He is (with Lawrence Davidson) the author of A Concise History of the Middle East, Eighth Edition, and is the author as well of Modern Egypt: Foundation of a Nation-State, Second Edition. He is the recipient of the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2000 Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award. Lawrence Davidson is Professor of History at West Chester University. He is the author of several books, including America's Palestine and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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Goldschmidt, Arthur
Academic Internet Publishers
Davidson, Lawrence
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Goldschmidt Jr, Arthur
Arthur Goldschmidt Jr
Middle East
Middle East - General
Middle East History.
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