The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War
Mehran Kamrava sets the stage with a concise discussion of the evolution of
Islam and the religion's profound role in the region. He then looks at, in
turn, the rise and fall of the Ottomans, the trials of independence and
state-building, the emergence and fiery spread of nationalism, the two Arab-Israeli
wars of 1967 and 1973, the Iranian Revolution, and the two Gulf Wars and
beyond, including discussion of the invasion of Iraq by the United States.
After tracing the consequences of these historical events for a host of
political phenomena, Kamrava gives detailed attention to three pivotal issues:
the challenges of economic development, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and
the question of democracy. He also examines issues that will shape the future:
population growth, environmental pollution, and water scarcity.
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