Middle East: Region in Transition, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530469X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615304691
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
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Beset by centuries of conflict, the countries of the Middle East are no strangers to friction. While much about their future remains uncertain, their individual pasts boast the robust traditions and textured stories frequently eclipsed by recent headlines. This thorough series invites readers to journey to bygone eras and behold the development of rich and complex societies whose remarkable cultural monuments—from the medieval `Abâssid Palace of Baghdad to the ultramodern Burj Khalifa in Dubai—witnessed the Middle East’s greatest struggles, and anticipate a future resplendent with possibility.

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The dynasties of ancient Egypt's pharaohs are among the more storied elements of Egypt's rich heritage, but the long era of foreign rule that followed has in many ways been more crucial to the development of Egypt's present-day ethos. While engendering much turbulence, this layered past has also made Egypt an intellectual hub that has spawned some of the most seminal works in Arab art and literature. This volume examines the Egyptian land and its peoples, culture, and history.

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Middle East: Region in Transition: Historic Palestine, Israel, and the Emerging Palestinian Autonomous Areas  (ISBN-10: 1615303952 | ISBN-13: 9781615303953)

A long, often fractious history has shaped relations between present-day Israel and the emerging Palestinian autonomous areas. This area of the MIddle East has a significant role as the cradle of two of the world's major monotheistic religions and as well as a home to ancient sacred monuments and relics. This penetrating volume traces the history of land that is beloved and claimed by two cultures that share a common past and have been inexorably linked for centuries, based primarily on their love for—and claim to—a common homeland.

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Middle East: Region in Transition: Iran  (ISBN-10: 1615304010 | ISBN-13: 9781615304011)

Iran's cultural and historical significance is unquestionable. The land of celebrated poets such as Rumi and Hafez, as well as the magnificent ruins of Persepolis, it is a place where ancient traditions are revered. With over half of its population under the age of 30, however, Iran also embraces modernity, all the while never losing sight of the various Persian, Turkic, Arab, and Islamic influences that have made the country what it is today. This absorbing volume considers the geographical, cultural, political, and historical elements of this often turbulent, but always fascinating, country.

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Middle East: Region in Transition: Iraq  (ISBN-10: 1615304029 | ISBN-13: 9781615304028)

Venerated as the cradle of civilization since the days of ancient Mesopotamia, Iraq served as an intellectual and cultural center in the Arab world for much of its history. Unwilling to let the turbulence of the 20th and 21st centuries eclipse their rich culture and society, the Iraqi people endeavor to secure a hopeful, prosperous future for their country. This thoughtful volume chronicles the major events in Iraqi history and the traditions, customs, and ideas that have shaped its trajectory since the Arab conquests.

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Middle East: Region in Transition: Persian Gulf States  (ISBN-10: 161530407X | ISBN-13: 9781615304073)

Though smaller than most other Arab countries, the gulf states of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates represent some of the most fascinating areas of the Middle East. A blend of traditional and modern, most of these states have become wealthy with oil money, which has allowed them to welcome foreign workers from diverse backgrounds, while retaining their Arab character. This absorbing volume surveys the organization, culture, and history of each of these states and their efforts to balance their ties with the Arab and international communities.

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Middle East: Region in Transition: Saudi Arabia and Yemen  (ISBN-10: 1615304126 | ISBN-13: 9781615304127)

While they share a border and a rich heritage, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are also a study in contrasts. Where Saudi Arabia has a largely urban population that enjoys the benefits of its thriving economy, Yemen is home to predominantly rural citizens and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Within these pages, readers will encounter the long, intertwined histories of these two nations, as well as their individual struggles for prosperity and peace—with each other and the rest of the world.

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Middle East: Region in Transition: Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan  (ISBN-10: 1615304142 | ISBN-13: 9781615304141)

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