Synopses & Reviews
In The Brief History of the Middle East author Christopher Catherwood attempts to show how our entire world is ultimately shaped by events that have unfolded or have their origin in the Middle East. Catherwood insists that, unless we allow ignorance to blind uswhich to a certain extent it already hasthe Middle East must not be viewed as "some strange place over there." Three of the world's major organized religionsJudaism, Christianity, and Islamall stem from the area, as do defining civilizations from Ancient Egypt to Babylonia. Catherwood examines this storied region through the lens of the present by asking these questions. How did the Palestinian issue arise? Why does Osama bin Laden harp on the glories of Moorish Spain? Why did Islamic extremism come to be a substitute for Arab socialist nationalism for so many? Today's headlines have clear historical explanations, and The Brief History of the Middle East will bring that concept into focus.
Presents clear historical explanations to connect modern-world circumstances with events that originated in the Middle East, citing the region as the birthplace of the world's defining civilization and top three religions. By the author of Churchill's Folly. Original.
About the Author
As consultant to the Strategy Unit of British Prime Minister Tony Blairs cabinet, Christopher Catherwood teaches history at Cambridge University and each summer at the University of Richmond (Virginia), where he is an annual Writer in Residence for their History Department. He is the author of Churchill's Folly.