Qatar: A Modern History

What function does Qatar play within the center East and the way does it fluctuate from the opposite Gulf states? How has the ruling Al-Thani kin formed Qatar from a standard tribal society and British protectorate to a contemporary nation? How has Qatar turn into an financial superpower with one of many optimum in step with capita earning on the earth? What are the social, political, and financial results of Qatar's super speedy development?

In this groundbreaking heritage of contemporary Qatar, Allen J. Fromherz offers a whole portrait that analyzes Qatar's the most important function within the center East and its starting to be local impression inside a broader old context. Drawing on unique resources in Arabic, English, and French in addition to his personal fieldwork within the heart East, the writer deftly lines the effect of the Ottoman and British empires and Qatar's Gulf acquaintances at the nation ahead of Qatar's meteoric upward push within the post-independence era.

Fromherz offers specific weight to the nation's fiscal and social heritage, from its modest origins within the pearling and fishing industries to the huge fiscal clout it exerts this day, a clout that includes having the second-highest usual gasoline reserves within the quarter. He additionally seems at what the long run holds for Qatar's financial system because the kingdom attempts to diversify past oil and gasoline. in addition, the e-book examines the ambiguity of Qatar the place monarchy, conventional tribal tradition, and conservative Islamic values seem to coexist with extremely smooth improvement and a wide inhabitants of overseas employees who outnumber Qatari citizens.

This publication is as detailed because the nation it documents―a multi-faceted photograph of the political, cultural, spiritual, social, and financial make up of recent Qatar and its importance in the Gulf Cooperation Council and the broader sector.

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Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan

By Shannon Galpin

Being encouraged to behave can take many varieties. For a few it really is taking a weekend to volunteer, yet for Shannon Galpin, it intended leaving her profession, promoting her condominium, launching a nonprofit and committing her lifestyles to advancing schooling and chance for girls and women. targeting the war-torn kingdom of Afghanistan, Galpin and her association, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of countless numbers of fellows, ladies and kids. as though launching a nonprofit wasn't adequate, in 2009 Galpin grew to become the 1st girl to trip a mountain motorbike in Afghanistan. Now she's utilizing that preliminary motorcycle journey to realize know-how round the nation, encouraging humans to take advantage of their motorcycles "as a motor vehicle for social swap and justice to help a rustic the place ladies should not have the appropriate to journey a bike."
In Mountain to Mountain, her lyric and sincere memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep wish to aid girls and women midway the world over, her love for event and activities, and her personal proposal to be much more than simply one other rape sufferer. in the course of her quite a few journeys to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and newshounds in addition to daily Afghans ― lecturers, criminal inmates, moms, daughters ― to pass a cultural divide and locate universal floor. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating motorbike rides, funny episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a rustic that continues to be convalescing from a long time of warfare and occupation.

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Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria

By Lisa Wedeen

Treating rhetoric and emblems as relevant instead of peripheral to politics, Lisa Wedeen’s groundbreaking publication deals a compelling counterargument to those that insist that politics is essentially approximately fabric pursuits and the teams advocating for them. throughout the thirty-year rule of President Hafiz al-Asad’s regime, his photo used to be in all places. In newspapers, on tv, and through orchestrated spectacles. Asad was once praised because the “father,” the “gallant knight,” even the country’s “premier pharmacist.” but such a lot Syrians, together with those that create the authentic rhetoric, didn't think its claims. Why could a regime spend scarce assets on a character cult whose content material is patently spurious?

Wedeen indicates how such flagrantly fictitious claims have been capable of produce a politics of public dissimulation during which voters acted as though they respected the chief. through inundating lifestyle with drained symbolism, the regime exercised a sophisticated, but potent kind of strength. The cult labored to implement obedience, set off complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set instructions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic study demonstrates how Syrians well-known the disciplinary facets of the cult and sought to undermine them. In a brand new preface, Wedeen discusses the rebellion opposed to the Syrian regime that begun in 2011 and questions the usefulness of the concept that of legitimacy in attempting to examine and comprehend authoritarian regimes.

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The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

A Financial Times most sensible ebook of the Year

Forcefully persuasive, The Dispensable Nation is a online game changer for the United States because it charts a path within the Muslim international, Asia, and past. Vali Nasr indicates how the Obama management neglected its probability to enhance U.S. relatives with the center East by way of carrying on with to pursue its predecessor’s questionable thoughts there. Nasr takes readers backstage on the kingdom division and divulges how the threat of terrorism and the hot administration’s worry of political backlash crippled diplomatic efforts to spice up America’s foundering credibility with international leaders. in the meantime, the real fiscal threats, China and Russia, have been quietly increasing their impression within the area. Nasr argues that, a result of U.S.’s wrong process, a moment Arab Spring is brewing—not a hopeful clamor for democracy yet rage on the usa for its international coverage of drones and assassinations.

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Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine

This lovely booklet of photos captures the graffiti and paintings that experience reworked Israel’s wall right into a residing canvas of resistance and solidarity.

            that includes the paintings of artists Banksy, Ron English, Blu, and others, in addition to Palestinian artists and activists, those pictures show outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, exhibiting the problem it has delivered to tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and very important clinical care.

            combined with the pictures are pix and vignettes, supplying a heartfelt and encouraging account of a humans made up our minds to uphold their dignity within the face of profound injustice.

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The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising

By Patrick Cockburn

Though able to staging incredible assaults like September 11, jihadist organisations weren't an important strength at the floor after they first turned infamous within the form of al-Qa‘ida on the flip of century. The West’s preliminary successes within the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their help nonetheless further.
Today, as popular heart East commentator Patrick Cockburn units out during this explosive new publication, that’s all replaced. Exploiting the missteps of the West’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, in addition to its misjudgments with regards to Syria and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, jihadist organisations, of which ISIS is crucial, are speedily increasing. They now keep watch over a geographical territory larger in dimension than Britain or Michigan, stretching from the Sunni heartlands within the north and west of Iraq via a wide swath of north-east Syria. at the again in their catch of Mosul and lots more and plenty of northern Iraq in June 2014, the chief of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared the top of a brand new caliphate that calls for the allegiance of all Muslims.
The secular, democratic politics that have been supposedly on the fore of the Arab Spring were buried via the go back of the jihadis. because the Islamic country introduced by way of ISIS confronts its enemies, the West will once more turn into a goal. Cockburn cites an observer in southern Turkey interviewing Syrian jihadi rebels early in 2014 and discovering that “without exception all of them expressed enthusiasm for the 9-11 assaults and was hoping an identical factor could ensue in Europe in addition to the US.”
How may issues have long past so badly improper? Writing in those pages with typical calmness and readability, and drawing on unequalled adventure as a reporter within the area, Cockburn analyzes the unfolding of 1 of the West’s maximum international coverage debacles and the increase of the recent jihadis.

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A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza

By Dervla Murphy

Over the summer time of 2011, Dervla Murphy spent a month within the Gaza Strip. She met liberals and Islamists, Hamas and Fatah supporters, wealthy and bad. via suggested conversations she creates a shiny photo of lifestyles during this coastal fragment of self-governing Palestine. Bombed and cut-off from general touch with the remainder of the realm, existence in Gaza is beset with structural, clinical, and psychological illnesses, but it's also bursting with political engagement and underwritten by means of an excessive delight in family members existence. in the course of her month through the ocean, Dervla develops an acute eye for a way during which isolation has formed this society. ""The mild she sheds on one of many world's maximum humanitarian crises is as relocating because it is invaluable.""--Booklist Sept. 15, 2013

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The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict

By Walter Laqueur

The Israel-Arab Reader is an intensive and updated advisor to the ongoing challenge within the heart East. It covers the total spectrum of the Israel-Arab conflict-from the earliest days, during the wars and peacemaking efforts, as much as the Israel-PLO and Israel-Jordan peace accords. This accomplished reference contains speeches, letters, articles, and stories facing the entire significant pursuits within the sector from the entire correct political events and global leaders. thoroughly up-to-date, consolidated, and revised all through, The Israel-Arab Reader includes new sections at the Wye River contract, and different fresh advancements, making it the fundamental source at the ongoing conflict.

Historians and center East experts Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin have prepared the cloth chronologically and with no bias. All viewpoints-American, Arab, British, Egyptian, Israeli, Palestinian, and Russian-are properly awarded.

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The Secret History of al Qaeda

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Over the past ten years, journalist and al-Qa'ida professional Abdel Bari Atwan has cultivated uniquely well-placed resources and accrued a wealth of data approximately al-Qa'ida's origins, masterminds and plans for the long run. Atwan finds how al-Qa'ida's radical departure from the vintage terrorist/guerrilla blueprint has enabled it to outpace much less adaptable efforts to neutralize it. The fanaticism of its combatants, and their willingness to kill and be killed, are matched by way of the leadership's opportunistic recruitment thoughts and complex knowing of psychology, media, and new expertise - together with using the web for education, aid, and communications. Atwan exhibits that faraway from committing acts of violence randomly and indiscriminately, al-Qa'ida assaults ambitions in keeping with a decisive layout underwritten by means of unwavering endurance. He additionally argues that occasions in Iraq and Saudi Arabia are watershed moments within the group's evolution which are making it extra harmful by means of the day, because it refines and appropriates the concept that of jihad and makes the suicide bomber an everlasting function of an international holy conflict. whereas Osama bin weighted down and Ayman al-Zawahiri stay al-Qa'ida's figureheads, Atwan identifies a brand new type of chief made attainable by means of its horizontal chain of command, epitomized through the brutal Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi in Iraq and the bombers of London, Madrid, Amman, Bali, and somewhere else. Scholarly, analytical, goal, it's also intensely readable, being by means of some distance the easiest booklet at the subject.' Tony Benn 'This is a must-read booklet for somebody drawn to figuring out our more and more frightening world.' Gavin Esler 'What shines out ... is a profound wish to examine and show the reality. clever and informative.' Jason Burke, dad or mum 'Deeply researched, good stated and whole of fascinating and outstanding analyses. It calls for to be read.' Peter Bergen, writer of Holy conflict, Inc

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Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour

From Barbara W. Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The weapons of August, comes heritage via a wide-angle lens: a desirable chronicle of Britain’s lengthy courting with Palestine and the center East, from the traditional international to the 20 th century.
 
Historically, the British have been interested in the Holy Land for 2 significant purposes: first, to translate the Bible into English and, later, to regulate the line to India and entry to the oil of the center East. With the lucidity and vividness that represent all her paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman follows those dual religious and imperial motives—the Bible and the sword—to their probably inevitable endpoint, while Britain conquered Palestine on the end of worldwide battle I. At that second, in a gesture of value and solemnity, the Balfour announcement of 1917 tested a British-sponsored mandate for a countrywide domestic for the Jewish humans. all through this usually brilliant account, Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of clash have been planted within the center East lengthy prior to the respectable founding of the fashionable kingdom of Israel.
 
Praise for Bible and Sword
 
“Tuchman is a smart and witty author, a sensible observer with a full of life command of excessive drama.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“In her métier as a story renowned old author, Barbara Tuchman is supreme.”Chicago Sun-Times

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