Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle and Self-Expression, 2d ed.
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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A Legacy of Struggle and Suffering
Between Rebellion and Submission
From Obscurity to Geostrategic Importance
Heterodox Muslim Minorities
Freedom Without Independence
To Power and the Unknown
An Ancient People a Perennial Struggle
Sophistication and Missed Opportunities
Tribulations and War in Black Africa
Jews Israel and Other Middle Eastern Minorities
Zionist Achievement Lingering Question
13 Jews Israel and the Minorities
a›airs Africa Alawite Algeria ancient Arab nationalism Armenian army Assad Assyrian autonomy Baluch Baluchistan became Beirut Berber British Christian church conflict Coptic Copts cultural Damascus dhimmi di›erent Druze e›ective e›orts Egypt Egyptian elite ethnic forces foreign French guerrilla Hebrew homeland identity independence integration Iran Iraq Iraqi Islam Israel Israeli Jabal Jerusalem Jewish Jews Joumblatt Kabyle Kabylia Kurdish Kurdistan Kurds land language leader Lebanese Lebanon liberation London majority Maronite Middle East Middle Eastern Mideastern military minority modern Morocco mountain Muslim nationalist native Nestorian nonetheless o›ered o‡cer o‡cial Ottoman Ottoman Empire Pakistan Palestine Palestinian particular party people-hood People’s percent Persian political population Press regime region religion religious repression Ri‡an role rule Shiite social society southern Sudan Soviet spirit statehood strategy struggle su›ering Sudanese Sunni survival Syria territorial tion tribal tribes Turkey Turkish Turks twentieth century unity World York Zionism
Page 11 - Whatever really tends to the admixture of nationalities, and the blending of their attributes and peculiarities in a common union, is a benefit to the human race.
Page 11 - Church, is one which half, or nearly half, the people of the larger island have in common with them. There is now next to nothing, except the memory of the past, and the difference in the predominant religion, to keep apart two races, perhaps the most fitted of any two in the world to be the completing counterpart of one another.
Page 20 - Article 14 The destiny of the Arab nation, and indeed Arab existence itself, depends upon the destiny of the Palestine cause. From this interdependence springs the Arab nation's pursuit of, and striving for, the liberation of Palestine.