Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle and Self-Expression, 2d ed. (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2002 - Social Science - 351 pages
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The struggle for independence by minorities in the Middle East (those people who are non-Arab or non-Muslim) is affecting the political climate around the world. War and terrorism are threatening the safety of many minority communities and repression of minorities still remains standard state policy in some countries. This updated and revised edition of the 1991 original provides a wealth of historical and political detail for all the indigenous peoples of the Middle East. Pressed to persist in a threatening environment, these minorities (Kurds, Berbers, Baluchi, Druzes, 'Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Maronites, Sudanese Christians, Jews, Egyptian Copts, and others) share similar experiences and have been known to cooperate for shared goals. Important events and new trends regarding the welfare of these groups are covered, and numerous oral histories add to the new edition.
  

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Contents

Introduction The Middle Eastern Mosaic
3
States and Nations
9
Minorities in the Middle East
13
The Debate About Minorities
21
Principles and Means of Conflict Resolution
23
Kurds A Legacy of Struggle and Suffering
33
Kurdish Life Under Islam
34
Toward Independence in Kurdistan
37
Dispersion and Statehood
172
Revenge Not Revolution
174
Assyrians An Ancient People a Perennial Struggle
180
Facing Antiquity Christianity and Islam
181
The Church Facing East and West
183
Toward Assyrian Independence and Failure
186
Dispersion and Revitalization
190
Maronites and Missed Sophistication Opportunities
195

The Mahabad Episode
40
Liberation as Rebellion
41
Kurdish Persistence and Powerlessness
46
SelfRule and National Division in the 1990s
51
Berbers Between Rebellion and Submission
54
Religiously Syncretic Communally Exotic
55
The French Invasion and Berber Militancy
60
The Episode of Riffian Independence
61
Kabylia and the Front de Libération National FLN
64
Arab Statehood and the Berbers
66
New Circumstances and Old Problems
73
Baluch From Obscurity to Geostrategic Importance
76
Toward Independence in Baluchistan
77
State Repression and International Opportunity
80
Between Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf
85
Druzes Freedom Without Independence
93
Religion and Its Precepts
95
Druze Warfare Within and Without
98
Druze Particularity in Mideast States
102
Survival Without Sovereignty
112
Alawites To Power and the Unknown
114
Mysterious Sectarianism
115
Alawite Statehood and the French
118
Military Professionalism Political Pretensions
119
The Assad Regime
122
An Uncertain Gamble
128
Copts From Majority People to Minority Religion
133
Religious and Communal Identity
134
During the French and British Years
138
Facing Islam Arabism and Egyptian Independence
141
Insecurity and Abandonment
147
Armenians Talent Tragedy and Territorial Loss
156
Christianity and National Character
157
Toward Independence in Armenia
162
The First Genocide of the Twentieth Century
167
Lebanons European Connection
196
Ottoman Days Maronite Nights
200
Toward Independence in Lebanon
204
Between Statehood and Sectarianism
207
Maronite Decline and the Lebanese War
213
Syrian Occupation and Israeli Withdrawal
220
Sudanese Christians Tribulations and War in Black Africa
223
Christianity in the Jungle
224
Southern Subjugation and Slavery
225
Toward Southern Freedom and Back
229
Sudanese Independence and Southern Rebellion
231
Religious Regional and Russian Factors
236
Change and Continuity in the Southern Struggle
240
Jews Zionist Achievement Lingering Question
249
A Religion and a Nationality
250
The Everlasting Homeland
253
Survival Despite Dispersion
255
Toward Jewish Independence in EretzIsrael
259
The Key to Zionist Success
263
The Dhimmi Syndrome
265
The Problematics of Arab Opposition
268
Jews Israel and the Minorities
272
Mythology and Memorabilia
276
Minority Connections
278
Conclusions
296
A Comparison
298
Minority Mobilization and the Crusader Case
301
Minority Particularity and the Israeli Case
304
Peoples and States Across the Region
305
The Middle East and the World
307
Notes
311
Select Bibliography
337
Name Index
339
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Mordechai Nisan has written extensively on Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He teaches Middle East Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School and lives in Jerusalem.

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