486 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    486 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A Concise History of the Middle East provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of this region. Spanning from the pre-Islamic era to the present, it explores the evolution of Middle Eastern institutions and culture, the influence of European colonialism and Western imperialism, regional modernization efforts, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the Arab–Israel conflict, the reassertion of Islamist values and power, the issues surrounding the Palestinian Question, and the Middle East following 9/11, the 2011 Arab uprisings, and the regional crisis that erupted after October 7, 2023.

    The thirteenth edition has been fully revised to reflect the most recent events in, and concerns of, the region, including its future in the face of climate change and challenges in Iraq, and developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, the important role of Middle Eastern women in the history of the region is woven into the narrative. New parts and part timelines will help students grasp and contextualize the long and complicated history of the region.

    With updated biographical sketches and new concluding chapters, this book remains the quintessential text for students of Middle East history.

    1. Introduction  Part I. The Rise of Islam to the Zenith of Abbasid Power  2. The Pre-Islamic  3. Muhammad and the Rise of Islam  4. The Early Arab Conquests  5. The High Caliphate  Part II. The Turkic Empires from the Seljuks to Ottomans  6. Shi’a and Turkic Empires  7. The Crusader and Mongol Invasions  8. Islamic Civilization  9. Firearms, Slaves, and Empires  Part III. European Incursions and the Nationalist Reaction  10. European Interests and Imperialism  11. Westernizing Reform in the Nineteenth Century  12. The Rise of Nationalism  Part IV. World War I and its Aftermath  13. Arab Nationalism and the First World War  14. Modernizing Rulers in the Independent States  15. Egypt and the Fertile Crescent Under European Control  Part V. The Arab-Israeli Conflict  16. The Contest for Palestine  17. Israel’s Formation and the Arab Response  18. Wars and the Quest for Peace  Part VI. The Islamist Resurgence  19. The Iranian Revolution and Rise of Islamist Movement  20. The 1991 Gulf War and the Peace Process  21. Jihadism and America’s “War on Terror”  Part VII. The Arab Uprisings and Middle East Cold War  22. The Arab Uprisings of 2011  23. The Regional Cold War in the Twenty-First Century  24. The Middle East and the Environment into the Twenty-First Century  25. Conclusion


    Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Penn State University. He is the author of Modern Egypt: The Formation of a Nation-State, and the recipient of the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2000 Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award.

    Ibrahim Al-Marashi is Associate Professor of Middle East History at California State University, San Marcos, and an advisory board member of the International Security and Conflict Resolution programme at San Diego State University (SDSU). He is Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at SDSU. He is the co-author of Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History and The Modern History of Iraq, fourth edition, with Phebe Marr.

    "A clear and concise guide to the complex history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the fall of ISIS, Goldschmidt and Marashi have written the essential text for all newcomers to Middle Eastern studies."

    Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    "Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. and Ibrahim Al-Marashi have refined, updated, and ultimately revamped the scholarly edifice that Goldschmidt first crafted more than 40 years ago. This edition makes the complexities of the Middle East's history accessible to yet another generation of students in the light of new scholarship and momentous recent developments in the region."

    Hasan Kayalı, University of California, San Diego, United States