By: Arthur Goldschmidt Jr, Ibrahim Al-Marashi
A Concise History of the Middle East provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of this turbulent region. Spanning from pre-Islam to the present day, it explores the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence on the West, modernization efforts in the Middle East, the struggle of various people for political independence, the Arab-Israel conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the issues surrounding the Palestinian Question, and the Middle East post 9/11 and post-Arab uprisings. The twelth edition has been fully revised to reflect the most recent events in, and concerns of, the region, including the presence of ISIS and other non-state actors, the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and the refugee crisis.
In addition, the authors have added coverage of women's history, including new biographies of great and unsung women in the Middle East, to provide a fuller understanding of the cultural, political socioeconomic conditions in the Middle East. New parts and timelines will help students grasp and contextualize the long and complicated history of the region. With updated biographical sketches and glossary, and a new concluding chapter, this book remains the quintessential text for students of Middle East history.