The Middle East is a continuing crisis area in world politics. This crisp and penetrating book, first published in 1971, analyses the historical development of the major issues in Arab politics, explains the conflicting interests now at stake in the Middle East and how the politics of the area were likely to develop. It examines, among other topics, the Palestine Liberation Movement, the prospects for Arab unity, and Great Power interference, and was written by one of the world’s leading scholars writing on the Middle East.
Part 1. Arab Aspects of Political Conflict in the Middle East 1. Politics in the Islamic Tradition 2. Arab Nationalism: Unity and Diversity 3. Disparate Political Evolution of Middle Eastern Countries 4. Instances of Intra- and Inter-Arab State Conflict Part 2. Regional Aspects of Political Conflict 5. Major Sources of Inter-Arab Regional Rivalries 6. The Great Powers and the Middle East Part 3. June 1967 and Its Aftermath 7. Prelude to the Six Day War 8. Impact of the June War on the Arab States and Israel 9. The Palestine Liberation Movement 10. Impact of the War on the Great Powers Part 4. The Middle East, Permanent Area of Conflict? 11. Retrospect and Prospect