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“The many facets of Middle Eastern history and politics are admirably represented in this far-ranging anthology” (Publishers Weekly). In this insightful anthology, historians Marvin E. Gettleman and Stuart Schaar have assembled a broad selection of documents and contemporary scholarship to give a view of the history of the peoples from the core Islamic lands, from the Golden Age of Islam to today. With carefully framed essays beginning each chapter and brief introductory notes accompanying over seventy readings, the anthology reveals the multifaceted societies and political systems of the Islamic world. Selections range from theological texts illuminating the differences between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, to diplomatic exchanges and state papers, to memoirs and literary works, to manifestos of Islamic radicals. This newly revised and expanded edition covers the dramatic changes in the region since 2005, and the popular uprisings that swept from Tunisia in January 2011 through Egypt, Libya, and beyond. The Middle East and Islamic World Reader is a fascinating historical survey of complex societies that—now more than ever—are crucial for us to understand. “Ambitious . . . A timely work, it focuses mainly on sociopolitical texts dating from the rise of Islam to the debates concerning U.S. foreign policy in the post-9/11 world.” —Choice

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Genre: Religion
Author: Marvin E. Gettleman
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release: 2012-04-10
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780802194527

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These readings cover various aspects of women's experience in the Middle East, including legal, domestic, political, religious and cultural factors. Introductions explain the background of each source and discuss the questions raised.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Ruth Roded
Publisher: I.B. Tauris
Release: 2008
File: 293 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015076110660

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Sicker examines the thousand-year ascendancy of Islam from the Arab conquests to the zenith of Ottoman expansionism under Suleiman the Magnificent. He provides a unique perspective on that history that gives full account of the role played by religion as an instrument of geopolitics by both the Muslim and Christian worlds, as jihad and crusade.

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Genre: History
Author: Martin Sicker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2000
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 0275968928

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From the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York to the Madrid and London bombings of 2004 and 2005, the presence of Muslim communities in the West has generated security issues and major political concern. The government, the media, and the general public have raised questions regarding potential links between Western Muslims, radical Islam and terrorism. This speculation has given rise to popular myths concerning the Islamic world and led to a host of illiberal measures such as illegal warranting, denial of Habeas Corpus, "black prisons" and extreme torture throughout the democratic world. This book challenges the authenticity of these myths and examines the ways in which they have been used to provide an ideological cover for the "war on terror" and the subsequent Iraq war. It argues that they are not only unfounded and hollow, but have also served a dangerous purpose, namely war-mongering and the empowering of the national-security state. It further considers the origin and transmission of these myths, focusing on media, government policy and popular discourse.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Tareq Y. Ismael
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2010-07-02
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781136990182

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This selection of papers by scholarly specialists offers an introduction to the history of the book and book culture in West Asia and North Africa from antiquity to the 20th century. The flourishing and long-lived manuscript tradition is discussed in its various aspects - social and economic as well as technical and aesthetic. The very early but abortive introduction of printing - long before Gutenberg - and the eventual, belated acceptance of the printed book and the development of print culture are explored in further groups of papers. Cultural, aesthetic, technological, religious, social, political and economic factors are all considered throughout the volume. Although the articles reflect the predominance in the area of Muslim books - Arabic, Persian and Turkish - the Hebrew, Syriac and Armenian contributions are also discussed. The editor’s introduction provides a survey of the field from the origins of writing to the modern literary and intellectual revivals.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Geoffrey Roper
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2017-03-02
File: 608 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781351888288

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In this immensely readable and wide-ranging book the historian Bernard Lewis charts the successive transformations of the Middle East, beginning with the two great empires, the Roman and the Persian, which disputed the region two thousand years ago; the development of monotheism and the growth of Christianity; the astonishingly rapid rise and spread of Islam over a vast area; the waves of invaders from the east and the Mongol hordes of Jengiz Khan; the rise of the Ottoman Turks in Anatolia, the Mamluks in Egypt and the Safavids in Iran; the peak and decline of the great Ottoman state, and the changing balance of power between the Muslim and Christian worlds.

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Genre: Middle East
Author: Bernard Lewis
Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Release: 1995
File: 433 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105070483875

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Western civilization tends to view secularism as a positive achievement. From this perspective, benefits of secularizing trends include the separation of church and state, the rule of law, and freedom from organized religion. In the Arab Middle East, however, Islamist intellectuals increasingly cite Western-inspired secularism as the source of the region's social dislocation and political instability. While secularism in the West led to the spread of democratic values, in the Muslim world it has been associated with dictatorship, the violation of human rights, and the abrogation of civil liberties. Islam and Secularism in the Middle East examines the origins and growth of the movement to abolish the secularizing reforms of the past century by creating a political order guided by Shariah law. Contributors explain the Islamic rejection of secularism as a failed Western Christian ideal and also discuss how secularization was pioneered by those who thought Muslims could only advance politically by emulating Western practices, including the renunciation of religion.

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Genre: History
Author: Azzam Tamimi
Publisher: NYU Press
Release: 2000-10
File: 214 Pages
ISBN-13: 0814782612

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1. Multiple faces of Islam, R. Hrair Dekmejian

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Genre: Religion
Author: Anders Jerichow
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release: 1997
File: 190 Pages
ISBN-13: 0700705090

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Explores the tension within the Muslim world between modern reformers and Islamists, or Islamic fundamentalists, and examines the alarming rise of Islamism in recent years and its connection to terrorism and political violence.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Peter R. Demant
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2006
File: 279 Pages
ISBN-13: 0275990788

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Examining globalization in the Middle East, this book provides a much needed assessment of the impact of globalization in the ‘greater’ Middle East, including North Africa, in the context of the powerful geopolitical forces at work in shaping the region today. Written by a well-known authority in this area, this book demonstrates that, unlike in other regions, such as East Asia, geopolitics has been a critical factor in driving globalization in the Middle East. The author argues that whereas elsewhere globalisation has opened up the economy, society, culture and attitudes to the environment; in the Middle East it has had the opposite effect, with poor state formation, little interregional trade, foreign and interregional investment, and reassertion of traditional identities. This book explores the impact of globalization on the polities, economies and social environment of the greater Middle East, in the context of the region’s position as the central site of global geopolitical competition at the start of the twenty-first century.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Anoushiravan Ehteshami
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2007-03-14
File: 258 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781134092376

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