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

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McFarland, Oct 19, 2012 - 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. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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Contents

The Middle Eastern Mosaic
3
Muslim Minorities
31
A Legacy of Struggle and Suffering
33
Between Rebellion and Submission
54
From Obscurity to Geostrategic Importance
76
Heterodox Muslim Minorities
91
Freedom Without Independence
93
To Power and the Unknown
114
An Ancient People a Perennial Struggle
180
Sophistication and Missed Opportunities
195
Tribulations and War in Black Africa
223
Jews Israel and Other Middle Eastern Minorities
247
Zionist Achievement Lingering Question
249
13 Jews Israel and the Minorities
272
14 Conclusions
296
Notes
311

Christian Minorities
131
From Majority People to Minority Religion
133
Talent Tragedy and Territorial Loss
156
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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