Over time an indelible stereotype has emerged that the Middle East is a monocultural terrain stretching from the Sahara and Morocco in the west to southern Asia and the Indus Valley in the east, inhabited by Muslims alone. It has become customary as well to see the area from North Africa to the Persian Gulf as inhabited by Arabs speaking the Arabic tongue. The reality, which this work focuses on, is that across the broad expanse of the Middle East various minorities have long persevered with their unique character and way of life. Pressed to persist in a threatening environment, these minorities (Kurds, Berbers, Baluch, Druzes, 'Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Maronites, Sudanese Christians, Jews, and others) share similar experiences and have been known to cooperate for shared goals.
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Mordechai Nisan has written extensively on Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He teaches Middle East Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School and lives in Jerusalem.From Library Journal:
The Middle East is a kaleidoscope of competing ethnic groups. This informative volume by a scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem seeks to examine the struggle for self-determination by many of these ethnic groups in the region. The strength of the book lies in the breadth of its coverage of minorities in the Middle East. Individual chapters describe the condition of such Muslim minorities as the Kurds, Berbers, Baluchis, Druzes, and Alawites. The author also explains the history of Christian minorities, such as the Copts, Assyrians, Armenians, Maronites, and the Sudanese Christians. However, Nisan's occasional gratuitous attacks on the Arabs and Islam detract from the book's objectivity. Useful for informed readers and scholars of ethnicity and Middle Eastern studies.
- Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
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Book Description Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110899505643