Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East: Revised and Updated Edition

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9780826414137: Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East: Revised and Updated Edition
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This new and updated second edition includes 35 all new entries, including Afghanistan, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Bin Laden, Abdallah Ibn Hussein, Islamic Movements, Northern Alliance, Palestine/Palestinian Territories, Qa-ida Organization, Edward Said, and Western Wall. In addition, dozens of entries are updated from the first edition to reflect the myriad changes in the Middle East and surrounding nations.

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This new political encyclopedia of the Middle East provides an up-to-date source of knowledge on one of the most crucial regions of world affairs. The 560 entries encompass all the Arab states, from North Africa to the Gulf, as well as non-Arab states, such as Turkey, Iran, and Israel. The encyclopedia adopts a unique approach, addressing key issues in contemporary Middle East politics through substantive entries that constitute short essays. Thus, in addition to entries on each state in the region (reviewing land, people, culture, and history), the encyclopedia addresses major issues, such as: Islamic Fundamentalism, Water Politics, The Arab-Israeli Peace Process, Military Forces, Oil, Non-Conventional Weapons, Women, and Terrorism. In addition, the encyclopedia also includes short entries on leading political figures, parties, and movements, with cross-references between them and the substantive essay-entries. It is particularly designed to meet the needs of users on various levels of interest and expertise, from academics, journalists, and business people to students and beginners in the field.

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"Written by twenty Middle East specialists, this volume contains a wealth of political and historical information....Recommended for academic and public libraries."—Library Journal

"Extremely useful reference tool, featuring 600 entries spread over more than 800 pages."—NOD and Conversion

"An excellent overview of the area."—Canadian Jewish News

"Addresses key issues in contemporary Middle East politics."—Midwest Book Review

"It is not often that current events and publishing intersect nicely to produce a truly remarkable volume. All too often, sound bite mentality dominates and the result is a book about September 11th on the book shelves on September 12th. This does not r

"The revised edition of The Political Encyclopedia of the Midde East (1999) covers...all the Arab states, as well as Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and Turkey. Recommended for all reference collections" —Choice

"useful...source of objective information on the history and issues affecting the contemporary Middle East."—Alicia Eames, School Library Journal, April 2003

"a useful reference work...Its 560 articlescover the political - and, to a lesser extent, economic and social - history of the twentieth century Middle East, including entries on most major political, and some military and religious, leaders. There are substantive articles on Arab nationalism, Islamic radicalism, oil, women, military forces, and the Arab-Israeli conflict...a user-friendly guide to important data." - Middle East Studies Association Bulletin (Philip Mattar)

"a useful reference work...Its 560 articlescover the political - and, to a lesser extent, economic and social - history of the twentieth century Middle East, including entries on most major political, and some military and religious, leaders. There are substantive articles on Arab nationalism, Islamic radicalism, oil, women, military forces, and the Arab-Israeli conflict...a user-friendly guide to important data." - Middle East Studies Association Bulletin (Sanford Lakoff)

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