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Storm from the East: The Struggle between the Arab World and the Christian West

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America's engagement with the Arab world stretches back far beyond the Iraq wars. According to Milton Viorst, the current conflict is simply the latest round in a 1,400-year struggle between Christianity and Islam, in which the United States became a participant only in the last century. Today, the Bush Doctrine aims to free the Arab peoples from political oppression and create a democratic Iraq. So why are Arabs, and Iraqis in particular, so suspicious of our efforts? The explanation, Viorst says, is simple: "What the American leadership has miscalculated, or simply dismissed, is Arab nationalism." In Storm from the East, Viorst offers a balanced, lucid, and vital history of America's uneasy relationship with the Arab world and argues that brutal conflict in the region will continue until the West, with the United States taking the lead, honors the Arabs' insistence on deciding their own destiny. Viorst examines the long struggle of the Arab world to overthrow Western hegemony. He explores the Arab experiences with democracy and military despotism; Nasserite socialism in Egypt and Ba'athism in Syria and Iraq; tribal monarchy in Saudi Arabia and Jordan; guerrilla warfare waged by the Palestinians; and, finally, Islamic rebellion culminating in Osama bin Laden's extremist al-Qaeda. All have the same goal: the liberation of the Arabs from foreign domination. Storm from the East is a powerful work that, like no other, limns the political, religious, and social roots of Arab nationalism and the present-day unrest in the Middle East.

Synopsis:

An examination of the Middle East that focuses on how the centuries-old conflict between the Arab world and the Christian West is based on the Arabs' rejection of Western-style democracy and modernism for the ability to control their own fate. 15,000 first printing.

About the Author

Milton Viorst has covered the Middle East as a journalist and scholar since the 1960s. He was The New Yorker’s Middle East correspondent, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has written six books on the Middle East and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, the poet Judith Viorst.

Table of Contents

Memory, 622-1900 — Revolt, 1901-1918 — Disillusion, 1919-1939 — Emancipation, 1940-1956 — Unity-disunity, 1957-1967 — Theocrats-autocrats, 1968-2005.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307431851
Subtitle:
The Struggle between the Arab World and the Christian West
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Viorst, Milton
Author:
Milton Viorst
Subject:
History : Middle East - General
Subject:
Political Science : International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Internati
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Middle East Politics and government.
Subject:
Arab nationalism.
Subject:
Middle East-General History
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060418
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
195

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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"Synopsis" by , An examination of the Middle East that focuses on how the centuries-old conflict between the Arab world and the Christian West is based on the Arabs' rejection of Western-style democracy and modernism for the ability to control their own fate. 15,000 first printing.
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