The Middle East and Islamic World Reader

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Marvin E. Gettleman, Stuart Schaar
Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Apr 10, 2012 - Religion - 416 pages
“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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Contents

General Introduction
FROM THE COMING OF STEPPE PEOPLES
Disasters Strike the Muslim World
Abd alRahman ibn Khaldun Effective Rule
Shah Abbas and Emperor Jahangir Debate
CONTRADICTIONS OF MODERNITY
Decrees from the Ottoman Tanzimat
THE TWO WORLD WARS AND THEIR
U S Presidential Policies 19472002
IDEOLOGIES MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL
Early Ideologues of Islamic Radicalism
Modern Islamic Radicalism
911 TERRORISM AND WARS ARAB CITIZENS
The Threat of Osama bin Laden and American Responses
The Policy Debate
President Obamas Vision for New Beginnings

Conflicting Promises During World War I
Vahakn N Dadrian The Fate of the Armenians in World War I
Muhammad Ali Jinnah Divide India Create Pakistan
ARABS AND ZIONISTS STRUGGLE OVER
Zionism and its Early Arab Opponents
The Creation of the State of Israel
Out of Despair Revived Nationalism
GEOPOLITICS OF OIL AND THE COLD
WikiLeaks
The Arab Citizens Revolt
The West and Islam
Epilogue
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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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.

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