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3.008391959799 out of 53.008391959799 out of 53.008391959799 out of 53.008391959799 out of 53.008391959799 out of 5 3.01 (199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text 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-9/11 Middle East.

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  • “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

  • “This is a text that breathes life into the history it presents…The authors are not afraid to spell out [complexities] in a style that is at once accessible and gently provocative. This is a text with personality.”

    Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas

  • “As someone who has encountered the run of good, fair and middling texts on the Middle East, I can only offer unmixed praise for the new edition of A Concise History of the Middle East…Their narrative…is sparklingly clear and straightforward for even the ‘general reader’. They meticulously avoid bias, especially when they explore the tumultuous factors of modernization and westernization in battle against residual forces of ethno-cultural traditionalism. Throughout their remarkable text, they balance a clear treatment of politics and diplomacy, familiar from earlier generations of scholarship with insights into the region’s historically evolving norms of society and culture.”

    Mark Seifter, Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • “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.”

    Donald Wagner, North Park University, Chicago

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 12/17/2013

    " I probably read the 90's edition "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 12/12/2013

    " This book helped me to understand the conflicts, contributions, and history of the Middle East in a very tangible way. I would recommend this book for historians or those interested in the roots of today's major current events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kent | 11/18/2013

    " Great... Until 9/10ths trhough the book history shifted to political commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina | 11/15/2013

    " It was interesting enough. Not dry, but not entirely engaging, either. I really enjoyed the class, and what it comes down to is that the if history is your thing, then the material stands on its own and keeps you reading. "

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