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Drawing on material from a multitude of sources, including the work of archaeologists and scholars, Lewis chronologically traces the political, economical, social, and cultural development of the Middle East, from Hellenization in antiquity to the impact of westernization on Islamic culture. Meticulously researched, this enlightening narrative explores the patterns of history that have repeated themselves in the Middle East.
From the ancient conflicts to the current geographical and religious disputes between the Arabs and the Israelis, Lewis examines the ability of this region to unite and solve its problems and asks if, in the future, these unresolved conflicts will ultimately lead to the ethnic and cultural factionalism that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.
This summary history gives inadequate attention to the birth, underlying principals, and militarism of Islam and the relationship between Islam and competing religious ideologies. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Andrew M. Klein
A very contrived and misleading interpretation of the historical events about the middle east that is full of orientallist hog wash. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cal Fed
Brilliant, comprehensive, wise and formidable....has the ability to see patterns where I might have seen a jumble of incidents and personalities... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James H. Robinson
It good but here are better histories that tell very human stories.Published 9 months ago by F. Kline