The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs

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I. Dee, 1989 - History - 464 pages
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This important book explains how Arabs are closed in a circle defined by tribal, religious, and cultural traditions. David Pryce-Jones examines the tribal forces which, he believes, drive the Arabs in their dealings with each other and with the West. In the postwar world, he argues, the Arabs reverted to age-old tribal and kinship structures, a closed circle from which they have been unable to escape, and in which violence is systemic. A healthy corrective, a thought-provoking study. --David K. Shipler, New York Times Book Review

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David Pryce-Jones has worked as a journalist and author. He was Literary Editor at the Financial Times from 1959-61, and The Spectator from 1961-63. He currently works as senior editor at National Review magazine and contributes to The New Criterion and Commentary. He is the author of nine novels and numerous works of non-fiction.

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