Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (Understanding Series)

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This multidisciplinary text aims to introduce students to the Middle East as a whole, rather than focusing on specific topics. It addresses a range of issues facing the region such as, history, politics, women, international relations, religion, literature and culture, since World War II.

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Understanding the Contemporary Middle East is an interdisciplinary book designed for use both as a core text for "Introduction to the Middle East" courses and as a supplement in a variety of discipline-oriented curriculums. The geographical domain of the volume is the Arab world (the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and North Africa), Iran, Israel, and Turkey; its temporal focus is post-World War II, with a particular emphasis on the 1990s.

There are very few books for classroom use that introduce students to the Middle East as a whole rather than focusing on a specific discipline. Understanding the Contemporary Middle East fills this gap. The fifteen authors, writing with clarity and precision, address a range of crucial issues facing the region in the twenty-first century: there are chapters addressing geography, history, politics, economics, international relations, the israeli-Palestinian conflict, the status of women, religion, class and ethnicity, patterns of population growth, and the literature of the region. Each chapter provides up-to-dateand engagingdescription and analysis, along with sugestions for further reading. Numerous maps and photographs help the reader gain a feel for the region.

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Deborah J. Gerner is associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas. She is the author of One Land, Two Peoples: The Conflict over Palestine, as well as numerous articles dealing with the international and domestic politics of the Arab world and Israel. Gerner travels regularly throughout the Middle East and spent six months living in Ramallah, West Bank, while teaching at Birzeit University on a Fulbright grant.

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