Explore Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times
Looking to better understand the Middle East? This plain-English guide explains the importance of the region, especially in light of recent events. You'll meet its people and their leaders, discover the differences and similarities between Arab and Western mindsets, and examine the wars and conflicts - including the Israeli-Palestinian turmoil - that led up to the current political situation.
The Dummies Way
If you are clueless about why the Middle East is such a "messy" place and don't want to remain ignorant, this is a good book to start with. It gives a very brief but concise account of the history of the region, from ancient through medieval to modern, focusing rather appropriately on the modern Middle East. Don't expect any in-depth analysis because the book is meant to be a superficial and introductory one. However, you will gain a much better understanding of the events happening in the region and be less inclined to stereotype all things Middle Eastern. True, the place is rife with violent conflicts and is likely to remain this way for a long time, but still wonderful people and things abound. Read all about them, and be enlightened....Continua