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A Concise History of the Middle East

11th Edition

By Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., Aomar Boum


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Hardback: 9780367319212
pub: 2019-09-13

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An introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, this widely acclaimed text by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment. This book explores the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, the modernization

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part I: The Rise of Islam to the Zenith of Abbasid Power 2. The Middle East Before Muhammad 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. The Rise of the Shi'a and the Influx of the Turks 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. The Roots of Arab Bitterness 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 Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism 18. War and the Quest for Peace Part VI: The Islamist Resurgence 19. Reassertion of Islamist Power 20. The 1991 Gulf War and the Peace Process 21. The Post-9/11 Decade in the Middle East Part VII: The Arab Spring and its Aftermath 22. In the Season of Arab Discontent 23. The Regional Cold War in the Twenty-First Century Appendix I Appendix II

About the Authors

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. He is the co-author of Iraq's Armed Forces: An Analytical History and The Modern History of Iraq, fourth edition, with Phebe Marr.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies