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Author Karber, Phil, 1951-

Title Fear and faith in paradise : exploring conflict and religion in the Middle East / Phil Karber
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 341 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Prologue: A moment of opportunity -- Introduction: Terror in the name of God -- Part I: Wars of choice. Be nice to Americans ; Refugees from Iraq and Lebanon flee to Syria -- Holy fools and the Red Crescent ; Made in America ; Warlords and a Lebanese prophet ; Poppy fields, McDonald's, Armageddon, and the Loire Valley ; Hezbollah and U.S. cluster bombs ; Istanbul : ground zero in the clash of civilizations ; Bombs away on the PKK ; The Peshmerga and Mercy Corps ; Refugees, water, schools, clinics, and wheelchairs ; It's the oil, Habibi, the oil ; The sunshine peddler's parlor game ; Saying boo! to the bogeyman -- Part II: A theocracy. A wall of mistrust ; Coca-Cola and KFC in Tehran ; Desert gardens, Imam Hussein, and the eternal flame ; King of kings in wine country ; Fear and faith in paradise -- Part III: Shadow and light : an Arab Spring. Morocco and the February 20 Movement ; The Jasmine Revolution -- Epilogue
Summary From life along the Tigris River in the 1970s to the ongoing Arab Spring uprisings, Phil Karber has witnessed decades of change throughout the Middle East. Fear and Faith in Paradise draws on his wealth of experience to sketch a timely and compelling portrait of the region throughout history. Going beyond the endless images of terrorism and war, he challenges pervasive stereotypes of Muslims and delves into the living history and cultures of Arabs, Turks, Kurds, Persians, Jews, Tunisians, Moroccans, Armenians, and others. Seamlessly moving between past and present, Karber skillfully develops two overarching themes: How America's footprint can be shifted from a military to a humanitarian emphasis and how fear is used as a cudgel by today's monotheistic leaders to sacrifice the faithful. Whether Christian, Muslim, or Jewish, they all invoke their own vision of paradise, often as incentive, in hopeless conflicts that seem doomed to be repeated. Karber's down-to-earth writing vividly conveys the region's charm and beauty against a backdrop of power struggles among competing faiths, nationalisms, and outside forces
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Karber, Phil, 1951- -- Travel -- Middle East.
Fear -- Middle East -- Religious aspects.
Violence -- Middle East -- Religious aspects.
Middle East -- Description and travel.
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442214783
1442214791 (electronic bk.)
9781442214798 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)