Category Archives: Middle East

Book Review: The Making Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Making Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict:  1947-1951, by Ilan Pappé If you want to read what a pro-Arab source has to say about the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict, this book will provide that.  Now, admittedly, my own views of … Continue reading

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Bijî Kurdistan

For some time the Kurds have been a people whose fate I have pondered and reflected upon [1].  And there is good reason for that, several good reasons in fact.  For one, as someone who was born to a family … Continue reading

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Book Review: Caliphate: The History Of An Idea

Caliphate:  The History Of An Idea, by Hugh Kennedy In this day and age where it has become a romantic ideal among at least some Muslims to revive the idea of the Caliphate, this book is a timely and important … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fall Of The Ottomans

The Fall Of The Ottomans:  The Great War In The Middle East, by Euguene Rogan What this book does in a very crowded market of books that deal with World War I is to examine the war from the point … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thieves Of State

Thieves Of State:  Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, by Sarah Chayes In a more perfect world, it would not be necessary to justify anti-corruption efforts based on their threats to security.  One would simply be able to point out that … Continue reading

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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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