The Middle East

A Beginner's Guide

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About The Book

The wave of popular uprisings that swept through the Middle East promised to pave the way for democracy. It brought down dictators and captured the popular imagination, but for most of the region, peace and stability remain as elusive today as they have ever been.

In this fully revised introduction, Oxford University’s Philip Robins takes a close look at the issues plaguing the region. With each chapter focusing on a key theme, Robins weaves together the disparate countries into a coherent and entertaining narrative. From leadership and gender to religion and society, The Middle East: A Beginner’s Guide is replete with case studies, astute analysis, profiles of key personalities, and even jokes from the region. There is no better resource for understanding the Middle East, both past and present.

About The Author

Philip Robins is Reader in Middle East Politics at Oxford University. He is the author of A History of Jordan and has previously worked as a journalist for the BBC and Guardian.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (October 11, 2016)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780749419

Raves and Reviews

"Packs a great deal of knowledge into an appetite-inducing dish. Splendid… not just for beginners, nor just a stepping-stone to the classics. It will make knowledgeable readers rethink."

– David Gardner - Chief Leader writer and former Middle East editor, The Financial Times, and author o

"Masterly. A comprehensive and succinct overview."

– Hugh Pope - Former Middle East Correspondent for Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and the Independent.

"The best book on the modern Middle East. Perfect not only for students but for any reader. It is balanced, authoritative and easy to follow. A perfect introduction to this troubled region."

– Christopher Catherwood

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