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The Global Studies series is designed to provide comprehensive background information and selected world press articles on the regions and countries of the world.This tenth edition of Global Studies: Middle East provides an introduction to the status and problems of the Middle East -- through essays, statistics, current world press readings, and a listing of related World Wide Web sites.
Table of Contents
The Middle East: Cradle of Islam
The Middle East: Theater of Conflict
Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
Articles from the World Press
1. Iraq’s Unruly Century,
Jonathan Kandell, Smithsonian Magazine, May 2003.
Kandell talks about Iraq under British control, the political history under the four-decade-long involvement, and the resentment that still remains.
2. Why Don't They Like Us?,
Stanley Hoffmann, The American Prospect, November 19, 2001.
In the wake of September 11, 2001, Stanley Hoffmann explores the factors that have led to various strands of anti-Americanism around the globe. He also suggests ways of addressing legitimate grievances against the contemporary world's sole superpower.
3. In the Name of Islam: A Survey of Islam and the West
, Peter David, The Economist, September 2003.
With Osama Bin Laden claiming his fight is in the name of Islam, Muslims are objecting to the phrase "Islamic terrorism" and the implications that come with it.
4. Turning the Page on Iraq’s History,
Christina Asquith, The Christian Science Monitor, November 4, 2003.
With the invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, how will the history books be rewritten? Some fear that Iraqi education will go from one sided to "no sided".
5. My Fatwa on the Fanatics,
Ziauddin Sardar, The Observer (Guardian Unlimited), September 23, 2001.
The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States have forced Muslims to take a critical look at themselves. Ziauddin Sardar, a leading Muslim writer, offers some insight into the mind-set of Islamic fanatics.
6. Will Iraq Start to Unravel?,
Brian Bennett, Time, Inc., February 16, 2004.
The article looks at the challenges the United States faces in a post-war Iraq.
7. Political Parties in Postwar Lebanon,
Farid el Khazen, The Middle East Journal, Autumn 2003.
Lebanon's political parties have had a unique experience in comparison with political parties in Arab countries. Khazen explores the journey those political parties have taken and what that means for Lebanon.
8. Doctor, Philosopher, Renaissance Man,
Caroline Stone, May/June 2003.
Ibn Rushd was a scholar ahead of his time, and his works have influenced Western thinkers.
9. The Politics of Holiness in Jerusalem,
Bernard Wasserstein, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2001.
Jerusalem has had a long and complex past. Bernard Wasserstein examines how politics have affected Jerusalem's history.
10. The United States and Egypt: Building the Partnership,
Jon B. Alterman, Middle East Note, August 2003.
In a world that is ever changing, the U.S.-Egyptian relationship has remained a relative constant. However, steps can be taken to improve this relationship.
11. The Erdogan Experiment,
Deborah Sontag, The New York Times Magazine, May 11, 2003.
This article discusses Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his rise to power, and the problems he has encountered now that he is there.
12. Saudi Arabia’s Identity Crisis,
Daniel Del Castillo, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 11, 2003.
Are universities and other institutes of higher education in Saudi Arabia too focused on Islamic content?