Category Archives: Middle East

Book Review: Ethnic Conflict In World Politics

Ethnic Conflict In World Politics, by Barbara Harff and Ted Robert Gurr As someone who has a fairly strong interest in the relationship between ethnic conflicts and geopolitics [1], this is the sort of book I enjoy reading from time … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bible Code II: The Countdown

Bible Code II:  The Countdown, by Michael Drosnin I haven’t heard much about the author in quite a few years, and that’s not too surprising since this skeptical reporter of a Jewish background dipped his feet into a round of … Continue reading

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The Age Of Seccession: The Kurds

A couple days ago, a large majority of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan voted for their independence in a unilateral referendum that was not supported by Iraq nor by any other nation in the Middle East except for Israel.  Although Iraqi … Continue reading

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Book Review: Medieval Warfare Source Book

Medieval Warfare Source Book:  Christian Europe And Its Neighbors, by David Nicolle Most of the time, when Westerners think of the Middle Ages, they think of knights fighting gallantly on horseback.  What this book does, and does well, is place … Continue reading

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What To Give To The Crown Prince Who Has Everything

Very recently, a playboy son of the current Saudi king, Mohammad bin Salmon, was made crown prince instead of an older relative, Muhammad bin Nayef.  The reasons for this change are unclear to me, but as a student of affairs … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: The Fight For Jerusalem: Radical Islam, The West, And The Fight For The Holy City

The Fight For Jerusalem:  Radical Islam, The West, And The Fight For The Holy City, by Dore Gold As someone who reads a fair amount of the Middle East [1], I have certain expectations about a book like this.  I … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Napoleon’s Egypt

Napoleon’s Egypt:  Invading The Middle East, by Juan Cole, read by Grover Gardner I found this book greatly disappointing.  As someone interested in military history and more than a little bit fond of reading about the Middle East [1], I … Continue reading

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Qatar And The Perils Of Edge Induced Cohesion

For almost as long as I have been writing this particular blog–almost seven years at this point–I have found the problem of the cohesion of the Sunni Arab world to be a subject that comes up over and over again … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jerusalem In Prophecy

Jerusalem In Prophecy:  God’s State For The Final Drama, by Randall Price In all fairness, when I pondered about whether to read this book or not I thought I was going to be able to tear into this book rather … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: The Principality Of Antioch And Its Frontiers In The Twelfth Century

The Principality Of Antioch And Its Frontiers In The Twelfth Century, by Andrew D. Buck One of my favorite parts of being a prolific book reviewer for the De Re Militari is being able to read books on a variety … Continue reading

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