Category Archives: Middle East

Book Review: Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia

Hero:  The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia, by Michael Korda This book, a sprawling effort of about 700 pages, sufficiently demonstrates the difficulty of writing about its subject.  There are a variety of reasons for that–the subject remains … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seven Pillars Of Wisdom: A Triumph

Seven Pillars Of Wisdom:  A Triumph, by T.E. Lawrence This sprawling book of more than 650 pages is evidence simultaneously of the reason why autobiographies cannot be trusted and also why they cannot be rejected out of hand either.  As … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lawrence In Arabia

Lawrence In Arabia:  War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, And The Making Of The Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson It is probably best not to know how the modern Middle East was made.  This book focuses on a small set of … Continue reading

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If You Had Trust, You Would Not Fear

For the last few days quite a lot of panicky people have talked about their fear that they were about to witness the start of a massive war between the United States and Iran.  While plenty of potentially provocative incidents … Continue reading

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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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