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The Modern Middle East

A Social and Cultural History, 3rd Edition

By Ilan Pappé


384 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This hugely successful, ground-breaking book is the first introductory textbook on the Modern Middle East to foreground the urban, rural, cultural and gender histories of the region over its political and economic history. Distancing himself from more traditional modernising approaches, Ilan Pappé is concerned with the ideological question of whom we investigate in the past rather than how we investigate the past. Pappé begins his narrative at the end of the First World War with the Ottoman heritage, and concludes at the present day with the political discourse of Islam. Providing full geographical coverage of the region, The Modern Middle East:

  • opens with a carefully argued introduction which outlines the methodology used in the textbook
  • provides a thematic and comparative approach to the region, helping students to see the peoples of the Middle East and the developments that affect their lives as part of a larger world
  • includes insights gained from new historiographical trends and a critical approach to conventional state- and nation-centred historiographies
  • includes case studies, debates, maps, photos, an up-to-date bibliography and a glossarial index.

This third edition has been brought right up to date with recent events, and includes the developments through the Arab Spring, more economic history, much more focus on gender history and discussion of religion in the region from a broad perspective.

Accessible and original, The Modern Middle East continues to energise discussion and stimulate debate on the region’s history, and provides new insights and perspectives on its story.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations Preface to the first edition Preface to the second edition Preface to the third edition Introduction: whose ‘modern times’? 1. The political and economic background 2. The rural history of the Middle East in the twentieth century 3. Urban history 4. Popular culture: music, dance and arts 5. The history of the written word 6. Histories of Middle Eastern women 7. The many faces of Religion in the twenty-first century 8. The new media revolution 9. The globalized Middle East in the twenty-first century: three final aspects 10.The ‘Arab Spring’: A Defining Moment for Middle Eastern Scholars Notes Bibliography Picture credits Index

About the Author

Ilan Pappé is Professor at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, Co- Director of the Exeter Centre for Ethnopolitical Studies, and Director of the Exeter Centre for Palestine Studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century