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A Concise History of the Middle East

Wednesday 17/January/2018 - 01:13 PM
Sada El Balad

The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. and Lawrence Davidson has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. 

As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day، the book is distinguished by its clear style، broad scope، and balanced treatment. It focuses on the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture، the influence of the West، the modernization efforts of Middle Eastern governments، the struggle of various peoples for political independence، the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict، the reassertion of Islamic values and power، the issues surrounding the Palestinian Question، and the roles of Iraq and Iran in the post-911 Middle East. 

Nine maps newly commissioned for the ninth edition highlight key aspects of Middle East history. Two popular study aids، the chronology and the glossary، have been extensively revised، and the superlative bibliographic essay، an essential guide to further reading، has been thoroughly rewritten to reflect current scholarship.

Paperback: 576 pages
Author: Arthur Goldschmidt، Lawrence Davidson
Publisher: Routledge; 9 edition (July 14، 2009)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches

About the Author
Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. is professor emeritus of Middle East history at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Modern Egypt: Foundation of a Nation-State and the recipient of the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2000 Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award.

Lawrence Davidson is professor of history at West Chester University. He is the author of several books، including America’s Palestine and Islamic Fundamentalism.



Editorial Reviews
"This is a text that breathes life into the history it presents. The authors both care deeply about the region—and both recognize the responsibility of their American readers (their primary readers) to understand، and in a general sense sympathize، with the life struggles of the people whose history they present—and whose history has become increasingly intertwined with American global interests، often times، as they recognize and relate، to the detriment of people in the Middle East. The authors are not afraid to spell out these complexities in a style that is at once accessible and gently provocative. This is a text with personality."
—Joel Gordon، University of Arkansas

"Our students and faculty alike have found this to be a well-organized، comprehensive، balanced، and exceptionally readable textbook. The authors blend significant historical detail with timely political analysis in a cogent style that is compelling and lucid. The addition of frequent biographical sketches and side-bars on major events or political terms bring additional features that make this a compelling and one of a kind introduction to the Middle East."
—Donald Wagner، North Park University، Chicago

"This review and update of A Concise History of the Middle East makes it once again the premier text for the study of the Middle East. Goldschmidt and Davidson’s well-written and solidly argued analyses of the most important and crucial developments of Middle Eastern history and politics … could not be timelier. … It will be a favorite of students and professors alike."
—Robert Olson، University of Kentucky

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