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By Barry Rubin

Barry Rubin (ed.)

The heart East is still a space of surpassing curiosity and significance in worldwide affairs this day, leading to a relentless circulation of media realization and in-depth educational scrutiny. regrettably, this has bring about many misperceptions in regards to the zone, its humans, and their methods of existence. This designated two-volume set is helping make clear the region's complicated heritage and ongoing problems--and to right a few of the misperceptions--by exploring seven components of overarching importance. instead of specialize in particular conflicts, this paintings offers in particular with the wider problems with tradition, faith, ladies, economics, governance, and media, in addition to the position that the region's sleek historical past has performed in shaping the methods of existence, values, and worldviews of its peoples.

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The rhetoric of Arab nationalism thus became divorced from practical policies. The capture by the regimes of the language of Arab nationalism did not leave room for any other interpretation of how it should be promoted. The efforts by the regimes to put their survival and security first underline this point quite clearly. Inter-Arab Conflict The other main policy that marked the radicalnationalists’ foreign affairs agenda was some- what paradoxical. Although they believed in pan-­Arabism, the radical-nationalists universally found it difficult to completely subsume their sovereignty under a larger supranational entity, and some of them, particularly in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq, believed that they should lead the Arab world whether it was united or not.

London: Croom Helm, 1987. Zahlan, Rosemary Said. The Making of the Modern Gulf States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. London: Unwin Hyman, 1989. The Rise of the Radical-Nationalist Regimes A new era in Arab and Middle East politics began on July 23, 1952. A group of mid-ranking military officers calling themselves the Free Officers staged a coup in Egypt that ushered in the era of radicalnationalism, a movement to enact major social and political change both within the Arab states and in the Middle East as a whole, including the overthrow of the old elites and an end to Western influence.

Agriculture had long been a mainstay of most of the Arab states. Indeed, the Fertile Crescent (stretching from Egypt to Iraq and back through Syria and Lebanon) was so named because of its rich land and agricultural capacity. But over the course of the establishment and consolidation of the Arab states (a process that occurred as well in the rest of the world), a small elite of wealthy landowners came to control much of the land, leaving the peasants and poorer classes with few tangible material assets.

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