The Strong Horse

Author: Lee Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385532202
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this provocative and timely book, Middle East expert Lee Smith overturns long-held Western myths and assumptions about the Arab world, offering advice for America’s future success in the region. Seeking the motivation behind the September 11 attacks, Smith moved to Cairo, where he discovered that the standard explanation—a clash of East and West—was simply not the case. Middle East conflicts have little to do with Israel, the United States, or the West in general, but are endemic to the region. According to Smith’s “Strong Horse Doctrine,” the Arab world naturally aligns itself with strength, power, and violence. He argues that America must be the strong horse in order to reclaim its role there, and that only by understanding the nature of the region’s ancient conflicts can we succeed. Smith details the three-decades-long relationship between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the United States, and gives a history of the Muslim Brotherhood, which would likely play an important role in the formation of a new government in Egypt. He also discusses Lebanon, where tipping the balance against Hezbollah in favor of pro-democracy, pro-US forces has become imperative, as a special tribunal investigates the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Eye-opening and in-depth, The Strong Horse is much needed background and perspective on today’s headlines. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Heaven on Earth

Author: Richard Landes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199831815
Format: PDF, ePub
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Millennialists through the ages have looked forward to the apocalyptic moment that will radically transform society into heaven on earth. They have delivered withering critiques of their own civilizations and promised both the impending annihilation of the forces of evil and the advent of a perfect society. And all their promises have invariably failed. We tend, therefore, to dismiss these prophets of doom and salvation as crackpots and madmen, and not surprisingly historians of our secular era have tended to underestimate their impact on our modern world. Now, Richard Landes offers a lucid and ground-breaking analysis of this widely misunderstood phenomenon. This long-awaited study shows that many events typically regarded as secular--including the French Revolution, Marxism, Bolshevism, Nazism--not only contain key millennialist elements, but follow the apocalyptic curve of enthusiastic launch, disappointment and (often catastrophic) re-entry into "normal time." Indeed, as Landes examines the explicit millennialism behind such recent events as the emergence of Global Jihad since 1979, he challenges the common notion that modern history is largely driven by secular interests. By focusing on ten widely different case studies, none of which come from Judaism or Christianity, he shows that millennialism is not only a cultural universal, but also an extremely adaptive social phenomenon that persists across the modern and post-modern divides. At the same time, he also offers valuable insight into the social and psychological factors that drive such beliefs. Ranging from ancient Egypt to modern-day UFO cults and global Jihad, Heaven on Earth both delivers an eye-opening revisionist argument for the significance of millennialism throughout history and alerts the reader to the alarming spread of these ideologies in our world today.

Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East

Author: Steven Carol
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491766581
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The purpose of Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East is to assist the general public to obtain a deeper comprehension of this bewildering region. Middle East issues can become muddled and confusing, particularly since the mainstream news media, editorials, and popular literature on this highly-controversial subject are often plagued by inaccurate information, or even disinformation. They often commit biased omissions-leaving out important information that can help the public comprehend the true entire picture. Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East seeks to counteract these inaccuracies. It will prevent readers from making common and not so common mistakes for lack of adequate knowledge. Additionally, there are 78 maps-a built-in Middle East historical atlas-and numerous tables that enhance the text, which is thoroughly indexed. The author presents this information in a clear, comprehensive, understandable, and insightful manner. Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East is a Middle East library rolled into one volume. For anyone who seeks the truth based on facts, this definitely is one book to keep handy on your library shelf.

Cultural Sociology of the Middle East Asia and Africa

Author: Andrea L. Stanton
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 145226662X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In our age of globalization and multiculturalism, it has never been more important for Americans to understand and appreciate foreign cultures and how people live, love, and learn in areas of the world unfamiliar to most U.S. students and the general public. The four volumes in our cultural sociology reference encyclopedia take a step forward in this endeavor by presenting concise information on those regions likely to be most "foreign" to U.S. students: the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The intent is to convey what daily life is like for people in these selected regions. It is hoped entries within these volumes will aid readers in efforts to understand the importance of cultural sociology, to appreciate the effects of cultural forces around the world, and to learn the history of countries and cultures within these important regions.

The Two State Delusion

Author: Padraig O'Malley
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698192184
Format: PDF, Docs
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“A thoughtful autopsy of the failed two-state paradigm . . . Evenhanded, diplomatic, mutually respectful, and enormously useful.” —Kirkus, starred review Disputes over settlements, the right of return, the rise of Hamas, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and other intractable issues have repeatedly derailed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Now, in a book that is sure to spark controversy, renowned peacemaker Padraig O’Malley argues that the moment for a two-state solution has passed. After examining each issue and speaking with Palestinians and Israelis as well as negotiators directly involved in past summits, O’Malley concludes that even if such an agreement could be reached, it would be nearly impossible to implement given the staggering costs, Palestine’s political disunity and the viability of its economy, rapidly changing demographics, Israel’s continuing political shift to the right, global warming’s effect on the water supply, and more. In this revelatory, hard-hitting book, O’Malley approaches the key issues pragmatically, without ideological bias, to show that we must find new frameworks for reconciliation if there is to be lasting peace between Palestine and Israel. From the Hardcover edition.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Lost and Sound

Author: Tobias Rapp
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518733958
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Techno ist tot, zumindest offiziell. In Wirklichkeit waren elektronische Musik und die nächtliche Subkultur des Ausgehens – jenseits von sozialen Utopien und Love Parade – nie kreativer und interessanter als heute. Und nie so an einem Ort konzentriert: Jedes Wochenende bevölkern junge Leute aus ganz Europa ein paar Kilometer am Berliner Spreeufer; sie kommen mit Billigfliegern und bleiben nicht selten, bis die letzte After Hour nach Tagen fast wieder ins nächste Wochenende mündet ... Tobias Rapp, selbst DJ und ein intimer Kenner der Szene, porträtiert die faszinierendste, exzessivste und insgeheim einflußreichste Hauptstadtkultur und ihre Protagonisten: Tänzer und DJs, Musikproduzenten und Stadtplaner.

Denen man vergibt

Author: Lawrence Osborne
Publisher:
ISBN: 3803142180
Format: PDF, ePub
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Ein Roman wie ein schwarzer Panther, geschmeidig, schön, glänzend, der sich sanft anschleicht und brutal zupackt. Seine Szenen brennen sich ins optische Gedächtnis. In einer träumerischen Landschaft inmitten der Wüste Marokkos veranstalten Richard und Dally für ihre Freunde eine dreitägige extravagante Party im Gatsby-Stil, mit Kokain, Champagner, Pool und Feuerwerk. Auf dem Weg dorthin überfährt das britische Paar David und Jo, angetrunken und heillos zerstritten, einen Fossilienverkäufer am Straßenrand und möchte die Leiche am liebsten verschwinden lassen. Aber da taucht die Familie des Opfers auf und verlangt Davids Anwesenheit bei der Beerdigung in einem abgelegenen Dorf, während Jo sich weiter auf der ausgelassenen Party vergnügt. Die strebt ungebrochen ihrem Höhepunkt zu – unter den argwöhnischen Augen des Hausangestellten Hamid. Lawrence Osborne seziert seine Figuren gnadenlos, ihre Persönlichkeit und ihre Beziehungen, erfindet eindrückliche, filmische Szenen und schwankt in seiner feinen Schreibweise zwischen Zärtlichkeit und Zynismus.