Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society, and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Saudi Arabia and Yemen are international locations of an important significance within the heart East and but our wisdom approximately them is extremely constrained, whereas common methods of taking a look at the histories of those international locations have impeded knowing. Counter-Narratives brings jointly a bunch of major students of the center East utilizing new theoretical and methodological methods to cross-examine general tales, no matter if as informed via Westerners or via Saudis and Yemenis, and those are chanced on in need of. The authors investigate how grand historic narratives similar to these produced through states and colonial powers are at present challenged through a number of ancient actors, a procedure which generates substitute narratives approximately id, the nation and society.

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Beirut

By Samir Kassir

Widely praised because the definitive historical past of Beirut, this can be the tale of a urban that has stood on the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for greater than 4 thousand years. The final significant paintings accomplished through Samir Kassir earlier than his tragic loss of life in 2005, Beirut is a journey de strength that takes the reader from the traditional to the trendy international, providing a blinding landscape of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's astounding progress within the 19th and 20th centuries, targeting its emergence after the second one international struggle as a sophisticated capital until eventually its close to destruction throughout the devastating Lebanese civil battle of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates modern problems with modernity and democracy whereas while memorably recreating the ambience of 1 of the world's such a lot picturesque, dynamic, and resilient cities.

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What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It

"A visceral account of the battle . . . sincere, agenda-free, and chilling." -New York occasions ebook Review

The Iraq conflict formally started on March 20, 2003, and because then multiple million younger american citizens have circled in the course of the country's insurgent-infested sizzling spots. yet even though tales of dramatic ambushes and assaults dominate front pages of newspapers, such a lot people don't really be aware of what the conflict is like for the american citizens who struggle it.

What was once requested of Us is helping us bridge that hole. The in-depth and very probing interviews this publication brings jointly rfile the warriors' studies and darkest secrets and techniques, providing a mess of actual, unfiltered voices - from time to time uncooked and emotional, at different instances eloquent and lyrical. those voices stroll us during the battle, from the winning push to Baghdad, in the course of the inaccurate "Mission entire" second, and into the damaging, murky present.

"Monumental. . . . Amid the glut of coverage debates, and amid the flurry of reports reviews that upload names every day to the lists of the useless, Trish wooden has produced what's maybe, up to now, the single textual content approximately Iraq that matter."- San Francisco Chronicle

"An illuminating glimpse of yank warring parties' reports in Iraq. . . . There are moments of wierd good looks within the squaddies' recollections." -Chicago Tribune

"Stunning . . . chillingly eloquent. . . . robust and unflinchingly sincere, Wood's ebook merits to be a bestseller." -People

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The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

By Paul Thomas Chamberlin

On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful choice to wreck with traditional guerrilla strategies, opting for to face and struggle an Israeli assault at the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered bad casualties, yet they received a beautiful symbolic victory that remodeled Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to release a global crusade, person who may reshape chilly warfare international relations and innovative activities all over the place. In The worldwide Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin deals new insights into the increase of the Palestine Liberation association in its complete overseas context. After defeat within the 1967 battle, the crushing of a guerrilla crusade at the West financial institution, and the assault on al-Karama, Arafat and his fellow guerilla opponents opened a world offensive geared toward attaining nationwide liberation for the Palestinian humans. In doing so, they reinvented themselves as gamers at the global level, combining debatable armed assaults, international relations, and radical politics. They solid a community of nationalist revolutionaries, making alliances with South African rebels, Latin American insurrectionists, and Vietnamese Communists. They persuaded the United countries to take in their schedule, and despatched americans and Soviets scrambling as those stateless forces drew new connections around the globe. "The Vietnamese and Palestinian humans have a lot in common," basic Vo Nguyen Giap might inform Arafat, "just like humans struggling with an identical illness." Richard Nixon's perspectives reflected Giap's: "You can't separate what occurs to the United States in Vietnam from the Mideast or from Europe or anywhere else."Deftly argued and in keeping with vast new learn, The worldwide Offensive will swap the best way we predict of the heritage of not just the PLO, but additionally the chilly struggle and diplomacy because.

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Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East

By Shareen Blair Brysac, Karl E. Meyer

A super narrative background tracing today's issues again to the grandiose imperial overreach of serious Britain and the U.S.. Kingmakers is the gripping tale of ways the fashionable center East got here to be, as instructed throughout the lives of the Britons and american citizens who formed it. a few are recognized (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others notorious (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); a few forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel's godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial author of Iraq). All helped enthrone rulers in a sector whose very identify is an Anglo-American invention. the purpose of this engrossing character-driven narrative is to revive to existence the colourful figures who gave us the center East during which american citizens are enmeshed this present day.

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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

Islamic country (also often called ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) surprised the realm while it overran a space the dimensions of significant Britain on either side of the Iraq-Syria border in an issue of weeks and proclaimed the beginning of a brand new Caliphate. during this well timed and demanding booklet, Abdel Bari Atwan attracts on his unequalled wisdom of the worldwide jihadi stream and center jap geopolitics to bare the origins and modus operandi of Islamic State.

in line with vast box examine and particular interviews with IS insiders, Islamic State outlines the group's management constitution, in addition to its options, strategies, and numerous tools of recruitment. Atwan strains the Salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological alterations with al Qaeda and the lethal contention that has emerged among their leaders. He additionally exhibits how the group's fast progress has been facilitated via its masterful command of social media structures, the "dark web," Hollywood blockbuster-style movies, or even jihadi computing device video games, generating a robust paradox the place the targets of the center a long time have reemerged in cyberspace.

As Islamic kingdom maintains to dominate the world's media headlines with awful acts of ruthless violence, Atwan considers the movement's probabilities of survival and growth and provides vital insights on strength executive responses to comprise the IS threat.

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The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know®

By James L. Gelvin

Starting in December 2010 well known insurrection swept throughout the heart East, surprising the area and ushering in a interval of extraordinary unrest. Protestors took to the streets to call for higher freedom, democracy, human rights, social justice, and regime swap. What brought on those uprisings? what's their importance? And what are their most likely outcomes?

In an enticing question-and-answer layout, The Arab Uprisings: What every body must Know® explores all facets of the progressive protests that experience rocked the center East. Historian James Gelvin starts with an overview--What sparked the Arab uprisings? the place did the calls for for democracy and human rights come from? How acceptable is the word "Arab Spring"?--before turning to precise nations round the sector. He seems to be at such subject matters because the position of stripling, hard work, and spiritual teams in Tunisia and Egypt and discusses why the army became opposed to rulers in either international locations. Exploring the uprisings in Libya and Yemen, Gelvin explains why those states are thought of "weak," why that prestige is critical for realizing the upheavals there, and why open air powers intervened in Libya yet now not in Yemen. subsequent, Gelvin compares instances that confounded expectancies: Algeria, which specialists assumed could adventure a huge upheaval after Egypt's, and Syria, which specialists did not foresee. He then seems on the monarchies of Morocco, Jordan, and the Gulf, exploring the commonalities and modifications of protest pursuits in each one. the ultimate bankruptcy discusses the consequences of the uprisings. What do they suggest for the USA? For Iran? Has al-Qaeda been reinforced or weakened? What results have the uprisings had at the Israel-Palestine clash? What conclusions may possibly we draw from the uprisings thus far?

For someone wishing to appreciate the dramatic occasions within the center East, The Arab Uprisings is where to turn.

What every body must Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford college Press.

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Nation and History: Israeli Historiography between Zionism and Post-Zionism

By Yoav Gelber

Over the past two decades, Israel has reached extraordinary prosperity, but it really is haunted by way of existential fears for its destiny, identification, and survival. Israel's legitimacy is lower than attack from inside and with no via a coalition of left-wing radicals, Palestinians and their sympathizers, and Muslim fundamentalists. these kinds of teams deny the lifestyles of a Jewish state and argue that Jews do not have a kingdom kingdom. for that reason, Israel should still both disappear thoroughly or turn into 'a nation of all its electorate' with out any Jewish image or id. The origins of this crusade are twofold. One derives from the normal competition that has followed Zionism from its inception. the second one is modern, articulating the post-ist fads that swamped the West because the Eighties. The prior occupies a admired position during this campaign that goals at the moment and destiny. conventional historiography, clinical and pseudo-scientific, and the hot fashion of reminiscence and narrative, that says to be the real historical past of human adventure, are both abused to delegitimize Israel. This booklet follows those paths, whereas heading off disputes over present political matters. First, it portrays the disciplinary heritage - the evolution of the trendy historical past self-discipline. therefore, it makes a speciality of the conflicting techniques to the cardinal factor of Zionism's essence: Is it a countrywide liberation move of eu starting place that provided an answer to the trendy Jewish query in a global of nationalities? Or is it a colonial flow that oppressed both Arabs and oriental Jews?

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The Promised War: A Thriller

By Thomas Greanias

Deep underneath the traditional urban of Jerusalem lies a mystery that is aware no bounds, devastating adequate to arrive throughout time. History’s maximum secret agent tale starts right here.

For a millennium, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount has been on the heart of conflict and demise. There’s by no means been a time while blood wasn’t spilled upon this historical, sacred website. Flash ahead to present-day Jerusalem, the place 35-year-old Israeli counterterrorism agent Sam Deker has simply thwarted the newest act of violence—an test via radical Palestinians to explode the Dome of the Rock mosque and pin the blame on right-wing Orthodox Jews. The chance, even if, is a diversion. Deker himself is the genuine objective. he's captured and brought to neighboring Jordan, the place he's tortured due to his deep wisdom of Israel’s such a lot heavily guarded nation mystery.

Deker escapes along with his comrade Uri Elezar, making all of it tips to the border, basically to be taken down on the banks of the Jordan River. This time, despite the fact that, Deker wakes up in the course of the traditional Israelite military at the eve of its historical siege of Jericho. Deker doesn’t understand if he's useless, in a few torture-induced psychosis, or relatively again in time. yet common Bin-Nun has declared a tremendous holy warfare, and he’s sending Deker and Elezar on a deadly challenge to undercover agent at the Promised Land prior to the invasion.

For Deker, it’s his in basic terms desire to flee this genocidal hell. Then he unearths himself within the palms of a pretty enemy named Rahab, stuck in an internet of lethal betrayal, as he struggles to liberate the reality, safe Israel’s destiny and his personal, and store the twenty-first century from The Promised warfare.

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Full Moon over Noah’s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond

Acclaimed commute author Rick Antonson units his adventurous compass on Mount Ararat, exploring the region’s lengthy background, non secular mysteries, and intricate politics.

Mount Ararat is the main fabled mountain on the earth. For millennia this massif in jap Turkey has been rumored because the resting position of Noah’s Ark following the nice Flood. however it additionally performs an important function within the longstanding clash among Turkey and Armenia.

Author Rick Antonson joined a five-member excursion to the mountain’s approximately 17,000-foot summit, hiking along a contingent of Armenians, for whom Mount Ararat is the stolen image in their nation. Antonson weaves shiny historic anecdote with unforeseen commute vignettes, even if tracing previous mountain climbing makes an attempt at the height, recounting the genocide of Armenians and its unresolved debate, or depicting the Kurds’ objectives for his or her personal nation’s borders, which a few say may still contain Mount Ararat.

What unfolds in Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark is one man’s odyssey, a story informed via many tales. beginning with the flooding of the Black Sea in 5600 BCE, via to the Epic of Gilgamesh and the contrasting narratives of the good Flood recognized to fans of the Judaic, Christian and Islamic religions, Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark takes readers besides Antonson in the course of the shadows and wide landscapes of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Armenia, laying off gentle on a afflicted yet attention-grabbing sector of the world.

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