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Rued facts concerning the Middle East in the political cultural social and historical spheres In a straightforward and simple way that illuminates the issues without compromising their underlying complexities he gets to the core of each matter The Israel Palestine crisis the Iran Ira wa. A good enough introduction to the Middle East for beginners Easy to read language that raises some interesting points that may take some seasoned people by surpriseThe recurring thread of each answer reads a bit like a Marxist s perspective which is to dispell the relevance of religion culture and genetics in favour of a politics only perspective because all people are inherently the same or at least share far in common than separates themThe author does so with freuent references to EuropeanWestern examples of similar behaviour Eg Europe historically expelled its Jews so Arabs aren t any worse than Europeans for expelling their Jews This holds water for apologists and many in the middle but might not for people who view such comparisons as untenable Another example of such relativism is a perceived myth that Arabs have little sense of humour which the author aims to de mythologise by stating that unlike in the US Arabs mock their leaders daily behind closed doors and once sold books of Ayatullah Khomeini s strangest uotes The simplest argument was that the reputation of Arab society as being violent is unfounded because other cultures are also violent so therefore it is unfair to point fingers For me personally this does little to dispell the myth but is useful for honest introspectionIt s worthwhile to stress that the author emphasises that monolothic all encompassing labels such as the West Arabs Islam etc are misleading and obscurantist because these very labels are explaining miscegenations rather than the individual parts unrelated to each other For example an Arab in Morocco has their own uniue concerns and goals as compared to an Arab in far away Ira as an Italian and Austrian will have their own uniue issues though both belong to the West The author writes irreverantly of the recurring sinewy themes dominating middle eastern society lambasting them in baleful terms viz fundamentalist religion and its self appointed representatives zionism corrupt demagogues foreign meddling and On religion he states that Islam is neither a religion of peace nor a religion of war but merely a text that can be used in any expedient direction Zionism is explained as a colonial enterprise Arab leaders point fingers outside to avert reponsibility for their own failings Foreign regimes are not all controlling manipulators of Arab leaders dispelling an Arab myth but not disinterested respectable bystanders dispelling a Western myth He stresses none of these as being inherent characteristics of Middle Eastern society and culture Instead these myths are said to be a natural entailment of a plethora of mishaps for the region such as colonialism and the European concept of nationalism and are therefore malleable enough to be rid of under the right circumstancesI m glad I read it but on a borrowed free from the library for the weekend then returned on a Monday kind of way

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100 Myths about the Middle East

R the US led Gulf invasions the Afghan Soviet conflict and other significant milestones in modern Middle East history come under scrutiny here with conclusions that will surprise and enlighten many for going so persuasively against the grain of commonly held misperceptions Copub Sai Boo. Illuminatesexplodes 100 common myths about the Middle EastThis book confirms for me that much of what passes for news and analysis regarding the Middle East is re hashing of various oversimplified unhelpful and often disingenious mythsI would have appreciated if the book had given references and offered options for further reading

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Much ink has been spilled in recent years about the Middle East At the same time no other region has been as misunderstood nor framed in so many clichés and mistakenly held beliefs In this much needed and enlightening book Fred Halliday debunks one hundred of the most commonly misconst. Halliday in Orta Do u ya dair her kesim ve g r ten ezberleri yerle bir etmeye odakland al mas ayr nt l olmasa da iyi bir panorama sunuyor Araplar Yahudiler tek tanr l dinlerin ge mi i So uk Sava boyunca Orta Do u Tarih i olmad i in tarihsel at flar ndan ziyade modern d neme dair yorumlar daha dikkate al nmal Ezberlerden ve nyarg lardan ar n p b t nc l perspektif edinmek i in fena bir ba lang olmayabilir


10 thoughts on “100 Myths about the Middle East

  1. says:

    انتهيت الان من قراءة كتاب مائة وهم حول الشرق الاوسط للكاتب فريد هاليداي الكتاب يعرض مائة اطروحة تتعلق بالمفاهيم المتداول

  2. says:

    The author of this book published in 2005 has clearly has it up to here with gross over generalisations about politics culture and religion within the Middle East As such the tone of the book is determinedly pra

  3. says:

    Halliday'in Orta Doğu'ya dair her kesim ve görüşten ezberleri yerle bir etmeye odaklandığı çalışması ayrıntılı olmasa da iyi bir panorama sunuyor Araplar Yahudiler tek tanrılı dinlerin geçmişi Soğuk Savaş boyunca Orta Doğu Tarihçi olmadığı için tarihsel atıflarından ziyade modern döneme dair yorumları daha dikkate alınmalı Ezberlerden ve önyargılardan arınıp bütüncül pers

  4. says:

    A good enough introduction to the Middle East for beginners Easy to read language that raises some interesting p

  5. says:

    أعلم أن الوقائع السياسية غير محسومة من حيث حقيقتها،وان كل مايتم تداوله هي مجرد تحليلات وترجيحات إلا أني أجد متعة كبيرة في إفتراض أنها واردة جدا يقول فريد لو قيل إن سبب الفرادة ه

  6. says:

    Fred Halliday es profesor de la London School of Economics y contrario a las tesis del enfrentamiento de civilizaciones Su análisis de la sit

  7. says:

    This is an amazing book that in short order corrected many of my mis beliefs and informed me of much of the culture religious proclivities political aspirations and attitudes about the west of so many mid east countries and peoples

  8. says:

    Halliday wrote a revisionist history that acts as an alternative to mass media accounts of the Middle East post 911 However I don't believe it to be any accurate and includes a gag worthy amount of personal political and religious opinion Also noteworthy is that no sources are cited or mentioned PASS

  9. says:

    Illuminatesexplodes 100 common myths about the Middle EastThis book confirms for me that much of what passes for news and analysis regarding the Middle East is re hashing of various oversimplified unhelpful and often disingenious mythsI would have appreciated if the book had given references and offered options for further reading

  10. says:

    I admit I skimmed parts of this book since the author was debunking myths that I didn't know existed He did help me gain a different perspective on events and ideas brought up in the fiction I have been reading