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on April 29, 2013
This is, by and large, a supreme book that gives a genuine and open look at the Middle East. For many years, the Middle East has been a different world to so many Americans; appearing only in our consciousness when movies or video games make us think to the traditional ethnic stereotypes of "Billionaires, Bombers, and Belly Dancers." However, "Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East" is an excellent, short, and concise read.
As a primary source piece, the entire book is made up of the primary sources- actual, honest documents from throughout the history of Egypt, Syria, Persia, and North Africa, interspersed occasionally with commentaries and summaries of events for context. Khater generally avoids giving too much opinion in these, however, and remains a detached narrator, giving you documents and letting the reader make up his or her mind as to their significance.
Within these pages you find the cruelty of Westerners and their monopolies; years of bountiful trade and peace, while often at odds with brutal regimes. Readers can be exposed to a cavalcade of opinions and choices. Many of them search, desperately , for reform and change throughout much of the book, be it in the form of the early Zionist movement seeking a Jewish home state or be it 1950s revolutionaries advocating an overthrow of fascist regimes in favor of modern republics.
Odds are that this book will be acquired for a college classroom, either by necessity or choice. If you do indeed have choice in the matter, make sure to pick it up.
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on February 20, 2014
How can you have a college level text with no index? With the massive amounts of reading in the typical college course load, this makes it difficult and time-consuming to zero in on specific points within the assignments. Since the professors seem to love this book, looks like we'll just have to suck it up. I was happy when I could sell it back.
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on April 13, 2013
I've read through chapter 4 of this book so far. Some of the stories are very interesting and all represent one person's perspective during a particular time period. Some were very boring and a lot of unfamilar words which slow down the reading. There are 5 sections to each chapter and each section has 3 discussion questions. Some are easier to answer than others. This book would be okay to read...maybe a few sections at a time for class...but having to read and answer 5 chapters worth of questions for one assignment (75 questions) is excessive and interest is lost.
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on July 30, 2012
Now this book was assigned for my college course on global cultures. The subject as the title of the book suggests we are looking into the Middle East. A lot of the documents within each chapter are really surprising this was stuff we were never taught about. due to most school systems in the United States completely omitting any teachings of other countries for the most part to focus on war's, Causes/movements, and feats of our founding fathers and presidents.

I will be honest in saying I may have never picked this book up. I will also say that this is not a traditional textbook. It's not simply laid out with chapter outlines, headings, and vocabulary. Its about looking at documents written by people during that particular time based on certain subjects like social reform, government authority, Nationality and more. You have to think critically while and after each reading. I welcomed this as opposed to answering questions out of a book.
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on February 25, 2016
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on February 11, 2016
text book which is cheap
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on March 30, 2011
Interesting, but difficult to read, to many formal resolutions and letters. Anyway for those who like original sources on the subject - great book
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on July 28, 2010
The original sources cited in this book are certainly right from the horse's mouth, so to speak. The media sources included in this book are all originals. The author also provides analyses for these sources, which provides background information to help the reader understand the mindset of the authors.
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on September 29, 2015
Delivered as described and on time. Thank you.
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