The Waking Dream of T. E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, by Charles M. Stang (eds.)

By Charles M. Stang (eds.)

Since the top of the 1st international battle, the legend of 'Lawrence of Arabia' has loved a lot foreign money within the renowned mind's eye of the West. at the back of this legend, in spite of the fact that, is a guy, Thomas Edward Lawrence, tortured and impressive, a guy whose existence and literature replicate the trendy awareness and the battle that indelibly marked it. the following during this quantity are essays which search to deal with what has been ignored by way of the legend and to higher comprehend the legacy of his presence within the 20th century. individuals discover Lawrence's relation to different significant writers of his time, the colonial and postcolonial implications of his hyperlink with Arabia, his sexuality, and his prestige as cultural icon.

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Water and Power: The Politics of a Scarce Resource in the by Miriam R. Lowi

By Miriam R. Lowi

Why do states in arid areas fail to cooperate in sharing water assets and the way can they be inspired to take action? In a provocative and well-researched research of the background and present prestige of the dispute over the waters of the Jordan River basin and its courting to the Arab-Israeli clash, Dr. Miriam Lowi explores the solutions to those questions. This e-book might be of worth to all people with an curiosity within the area, and to these curious about the environmental problems with the politics of water shortage.

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The Wine Song in Classical Arabic Poetry: Abu Nuwas and the by Philip F. Kennedy

By Philip F. Kennedy

Classical Arab civilization produced the main huge and hugely built bacchic culture in international literature, during this booklet, Kennedy lines the historical past of wine poetry from its origins in 6th century Arabia to its heyday in Baghdad on the flip of the 9th century. He focusses at the paintings of the nice Ab=u Nuw=as (d. c.813), putting his wine songs in context with these of his contemporaries and with different poetic genres corresponding to amatory, invective, ascetic, and gnomic verse.

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Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Transforming by Ali Alfoneh

By Ali Alfoneh

Iran Unveiled, center East professional Ali Alfoneh describes the arrival rebellion of the Islamic progressive Guards Corps (IRGC), and the results this could have on local and foreign politics. As Iran studies an important switch in its heritage because the revolution of 1979 and the institution of the Islamic Republic, the regime in Tehran, commonly governed via the Shia clergy, is growing to be an army dictatorship ruled by way of the officials of the IRGC. this variation is altering not just the financial system and society in Iran, but in addition the Islamic Republic’s family with the U.S. and its allies. This booklet presents the felony, historic, ideological and armed forces frameworks for what Alfoneh believes to be an escalating and inevitable revolution in Iran.

Iran Unveiled informs and educates a person with an curiosity in Iran-US relatives and the way forward for center jap politics at a time at a time of starting to be stress in a single of the world's so much volatile yet vital political zones.

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Sanctioning Iran: Anatomy of a Failed Policy by Hossein Alikhani

By Hossein Alikhani

Sanctioning Iran examines the earlier, current, and way forward for US sanctions coverage opposed to Iran. Sanctions became an more and more vital plank in US international coverage: in response to Richard Cheney, former US Secretary of safety, over 70 nations, two-thirds of the world’s inhabitants, now come lower than their impact. Hossein Alikhani information the method wherein the noose has progressively tightened on US-Iran exchange because the overthrow of the Shah and the hostage hindrance of 1979–80.

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Contemporary Israel: New Insights and Scholarship by Frederick E. Greenspahn

By Frederick E. Greenspahn

For a rustic smaller than Vermont, with approximately a similar inhabitants as Honduras, smooth Israel gets a outstanding quantity of recognition. For supporters, it's a certain bastion of democracy within the heart East, whereas detractors view it as a racist outpost of Western colonialism. The romanticization of Israel turned relatively favorite in 1967, while its army prowess surprised a Jewish international nonetheless reeling from the experience of powerlessness dramatized by way of the Holocaust. That imagery has grown ever extra seen, with Israel’s supporters idealizing its technological achievements and its competitors attributing nearly each challenge within the area, if now not past, to its imperialistic aspirations.

The contradictions and competing perspectives of contemporary Israel are the topic of this ebook. there's a lot to think about approximately sleek Israel along with the center East clash. over the last iteration, a considerable physique of scholarship has explored a variety of points of the rustic, together with its techniques to citizenship and immigration, the humanities, the women’s flow, spiritual fundamentalism, and language; yet a lot of that paintings has so far been restricted in the partitions of the academy. This booklet doesn't search to not unravel both the country’s inner debates or its fight with the Arab international, yet to provide a pattern of up to date students’ discoveries and discussions approximately sleek Israel in an obtainable approach. In all the parts mentioned, competing narratives grapple for prominence, and it truly is those that are highlighted during this quantity.

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Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan To A More Dangerous World by Christina Lamb

By Christina Lamb

From the award-winning co-author of ‘I Am Malala’, this booklet asks simply how the may perhaps of NATO, with forty eight international locations and 140,000 troops at the flooring, did not defeat a gaggle of non secular scholars and farmers? How did it pass so wrong?

Twenty-seven years in the past, Christina Lamb left Britain to develop into a journalist in Pakistan. She crossed the Hindu Kush into Afghanistan with mujaheddin scuffling with the Russians and fell unequivocally in love with this fierce kingdom of pomegranates and conflict, a courting which has ruled her grownup life.

Since 2001, Lamb has watched with incredulity because the West fought a conflict with its fingers tied, dedicated too little too overdue, did not comprehend neighborhood dynamics and grew to become a blind eye as their Taliban enemy used to be helped by way of their best friend Pakistan.

Farewell Kabul tells how luck used to be changed into defeat within the longest conflict fought through the us in its background and by means of Britain because the Hundred Years struggle. it's been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan nonetheless one of many poorest international locations in the world, the Taliban undefeated, and nuclear armed Pakistan probably the main risky position on earth.

With unheard of entry to all key decision-makers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, London and Washington, from heads of kingdom and generals in addition to infantrymen at the floor, Farewell Kabul tells how this happened.

In Afghanistan, Lamb has travelled some distance past Helmand – from the caves of Tora Bora within the south to the mountainous undesirable lands of Kunar within the east; from Herat, urban of poets and minarets within the west, to the very poorest province of Samangan within the north. She went to Guantánamo, met Taliban in Quetta, visited jihadi camps in Pakistan and observed bin Laden’s condominium simply after he used to be killed. Saddest of all, she met ladies who have been made position versions through the West and had then been shot, raped or compelled to escape the country.

This deeply own ebook not just exhibits the human price of political failure yet explains how short-sighted encouragement of jihadis to struggle the Russians, through prosecution of ill-thoughtout wars, has ended in the unfold of terrorism during the Islamic world.

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The Iranian Revolution Then and Now: Indicators of Regime by Dariush Zahedi

By Dariush Zahedi

Within the Iranian Revolution Then and Now, Dariush Zahedi assesses the Islamic Republic's strength for revolution via an in-depth, theoretically expert, comparative research of the current with 1979 pre-Revolutionary Iran. Zahedi discusses how the opportunity of a innovative coup relies on issues: the inherent defects and vulnerabilities within the regime and the coordinated activities of the social teams and contributors against the regime. He additionally identifies “ideal-typical” kinds of innovative swap (the regime collapses by itself, or, the regime is overthrown). He concludes that the possibilities for overthrowing the current regime are reasonable.

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