The Contemporary Middle East: A Westview Reader

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2012-11-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Contemporary Middle Eastprovides an accessible introduction to the region's most pressing concerns and enduring conflicts. It includes provocative contributions by an impressive array of leading scholars, journalists, and policy advisors. Contributors include notable academic authors Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., the late William L. Cleveland, Shibley Telhami, David W. Lesch, Bernard Reich, and Phebe Marr, complemented by selections from recent general-interest books by Marwan Bishara, Mark Perry, Marc Lynch, and Eugene Rogan among others. With twelve new chapters, the third edition is a probing examination of the current affairs of the Middle East. Its multiple readings on strategic pairings of topics (Israel and Palestinians, Iraq and Iran, Egypt and Syria) illuminate the region's key issues from a variety of perspectives. Part- and chapter-opening summaries help establish background and context, and a new concluding chapter by Shibley Telhami, written specifically for this volume, candidly addresses fundamental questions about the United States and the Middle East today. Student resources include an annotated table of contents, a select bibliography, a glossary, brief biographies of notable persons, a chronology, and a summary of recent events, in addition to numerous maps.

Author Biography

Karl Yambert received his PhD from the University of California, Davis, and is a former editor of Middle East Studies at Westview Press.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
A Note on Editorial Mattersp. xvi
Summary of Recent Events, 2011-2012p. xviii
History and Perspectives
The Peoples and Cultures of the Middle Eastp. 6
The Roots of Arab Bitternessp. 24
Islamist Perceptions of US Policy in the Middle Eastp. 37
Global Energy and the Middle Eastp. 47
New US Policies for a New Middle East?p. 55
Cairo Speechp. 67
Israel and the Palestinians
Israel and the Arabs, and Beyondp. 91
The United States and Israelp. 99
The Palestiniansp. 120
Sharon's Fencep. 132
Whither the Palestinians?p. 139
Ethnicity and Nation-Building in the State of Israelp. 150
Syria's Threat to Israelp. 162
The Iranian Nuclear Threat Against Israelp. 167
Iraq and Iran
Pashtunistan: Afghanistan, Pakistan-and Iraqp. 189
The Land and People of Modern Iraqp. 199
Impacts of the Iraq Warp. 209
Americas Troubled Moment in the Middle Eastp. 218
Maliki Consolidates Power in Post-Saddam Iraqp. 234
The Iranian Revolution and Its Consequencesp. 247
Islamic Republic of Iran: Political Dynamics and Foreign Policyp. 259
Iran's Regional Foreign Policyp. 270
Iran, Israel, and the United Statesp. 279
The Iranian Predicamentp. 284
The Islamists
Islamists and Democracy: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoodp. 300
Talking to Terrorists: Hamas and Hezbollahp. 307
The Arab Spring
The Arab Spring, 2011p. 330
Egypt: Mubarak and Afterp. 342
Bashar al-Asad, Syria, and the Arab Springp. 353
The Arab World at the Intersection of the National and the Transnationalp. 360
Looking Forward
The Contemporary Middle East: Some Questions, Some Answersp. 372
Select Bibliographyp. 386
Glossaryp. 394
Notable Personsp. 405
Chronology Since World War Ip. 408
Indexp. 412
The Middle Eastp. 1
Middle East languagesp. 8
Middle East religionsp. 12
Present extent of Islamp. 14
The Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916p. 32
The Middle Eastern mandates, 1924p. 35
Israelp. 81
Palestinep. 82
United Nations plan for partitioning Palestine, 1947p. 83
Iraqp. 179
Iranp. 179
Ethnoreligious groups in Iraqp. 203
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