Category Archives: Middle East

On Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight

Recently, it came to my attention that there was an incident at the end of Eid where a Palestinian attempted to knife some Israelis only to end up shot themselves.  In trying to find the story, I found that this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dining With Al-Qaeda

Dining With Al-Qaeda:  Three Decades Exploring The Many Worlds Of The Middle East, by Hugh Pope I must admit that the more I read about this book the more unlikeable I found the author and his perspective.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tail Wags The Dog

The Tail Wags The Dog:  International Politics And The Middle East, by Efraim Karsh Not everyone is going to like this book, but I loved this book.  The author, himself a scholar of international relations with an Israeli background and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Islam And The West

Islam And The West, by Bernard Lewis It is rare when one reads a book like this one that contains some genuinely fierce discussion about the issue of research.  To what extent can outsiders speak knowledgeably about groups?  I happen … Continue reading

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Book Review: Music Of A Distant Drum

Music Of A Distant Drum, edited by Bernard Lewis For those who want to gain credibility as experts in a given field, this book is a good example of how to do so.  How does Lewis do it?  Well, he … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End Of Modern History In The Middle East

The End Of Modern History In The Middle East, by Bernard Lewis The author considers himself both conservative and pessimist, at least as far as human development in the Middle East is concerned, and I find that I cannot fault … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Crisis Of Islam

The Crisis Of Islam:  Holy War And Unholy Terror, by Bernard Lewis This is precisely the sort of book about Islam that it is vital for Westerners to read, for it is easy for people to take the claims of … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Went Wrong?

What Went Wrong?:  Western Impact And Middle Eastern Response, by Bernard Lewis In this short but powerful book, the author manages to explore a question that is likely on the mind of many people in the Near East, and that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The 1948 War

The Arab-Israeli Conflict:  The 1948 War, by Efraim Karsh Admittedly, although Israel’s history is definitely something of great personal interest to me, I do not consider myself to be particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the 1948 war that preceded … Continue reading

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Book Review: Holman Bible Atlas

Holman Bible Atlas:  A Complete Guide To The Expansive Geography Of Biblical History, by Thomas Brisco I enjoyed reading this book a great deal.  Being generally fond of historical geography, especially related to scripture [1], I have had this book … Continue reading

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