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Author Goldschmidt, Arthur, 1938-

Title A concise history of the Middle East / Arthur Goldschmidt Jr
Edition Sixth edition
Published Boulder, Colo. ; Oxford : Westview Press, 1999


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  956 Gol/Cho 1999  AVAILABLE
Description xv, 447 pages : genealogical tables, maps ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The Middle East Before Muhammad -- 3. The Prophet of Mecca -- 4. What Is Islam? -- 5. The Early Arab Conquests -- 6. The High Caliphate -- 7. Shi'is and Turks, Crusaders and Mongols -- 8. Islamic Civilization -- 9. Firearms, Slaves, and Empires -- 10. European Interests and Imperialism -- 11. Westernizing Reform in the Nineteenth Century -- 12. The Rise of Nationalism -- 13. The Roots of Arab Bitterness -- 14. Modernizing Rulers in the Independent States -- 15. Egypt's Struggle for Independence -- 16. The Contest for Palestine -- 17. Israel's Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism -- 18. War and the Quest for Peace -- 19. The Reassertion of Islamic Power -- 20. The Gulf War and the Peace Process
Summary The sixth edition of Arthur Goldschmidt's widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East, including an updated concluding chapter on events since Rabin's assassination. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment. Written for college students, the text assumes no prior knowledge of Middle Eastern history. It focuses on the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, the modernization efforts of Middle Eastern governments, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the aftermath of the Gulf War, and issues surrounding the Palestinian Question
Notes Previous ed.: c1996
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Middle East -- History.
LC no. 98004179
ISBN 0813335051 (paperback)