Middle East Conflict Reference Library, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414490879
  • ISBN-13: 9781414490878
  • DDC: 956
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 1412 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released May 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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This title provides a comprehensive and objective overview of the people, events, and documents that are key to understanding the complex relationships of the countries and cultures of the Middle East. We have fully updated each of the three components (Almanac, Biography, and Primary Sources), as well as expanded the coverage of the set to include such topics as the Arab Spring.

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Features and Benefits

  • Updated and new biographies.
  • 300 full-color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps.
  • Student friendly features: Reader's Guide; Timeline; Words to Know; Research and Activity Ideas.
  • We have added additional new Primary Sources, biographies, and historical coverage of the Arab Spring. All entries from the first edition have been updated.
  • Features: Reader's Guide, Timeline, Words to Know defined, Research and Activity Ideas, Country Facts.

What's New

  • Includes updated and new Almanac entries.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414486073 | ISBN-13: 9781414486079


"This comprehensive series provides a look at the complex political, social, and military turmoil of the Middle East. The simple format provides the intended juvenile audience with objective information that helps untangle the numerous conflicts and make them and the Middle East more comprehensible. Educators will appreciate that the "Research and Activities" section in the Almanac gives suggestions for classroom projects and all volumes includes citations of books, periodicals, and Websites so that the beginning scholar can learn more." --ARBA, March 2006


"Suitable for advanced high school students and beginning undergraduates, this reference comprises three volumes plus a booklet containing the comprehensive index. The almanac volume presents basic political, demographic, and economic facts about the Middle Eastern countries and provides a narrative describing the religious roots of conflict and historical developments from the Ottoman Empire to the present day. A volume of biographies profiles 26 figures prominent in Middle Eastern history, the bulk of whom are relevant to the post-World War II era. Finally a volume of primary sources presents relevant documents, with the selection focused primarily on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documents include the Israeli declaration of statehood, United Nations Resolution 242, excerpts from the proceedings of the Oslo Accords, excerpts of speeches by Theodor Herzl and Gamal Abel Nasser, and a few personal narratives." --Reference & Research Book News, May 2006

— Reference & Research Book News

"This three volume reference set is intended for students, but adults seeking a basic, non partisan grounding in the region's history from World War I to 2005 could start here. Not exhaustive, but still decidedly useful. " --Library Journal, May 2006

— Library Journal

"Conflict in the Middle East is not a new phenomenon, yet it has become a focal point for the U.S. with the Gulf War and the present conflict in Iraq. Since the eyes of the world are focused on this area of the globe, information will be useful throughout the curriculum with emphasis on current events and world history. It is never easy to set a starting point, but the present turmoil might begin with the establishment of Israel at the end of World War II. This series continues the pattern for others in this publisher’s Reference Library with an almanac volume, and volumes of biographies and primary sources. The same 'Readers Guide' and 'Words to Know' begin each volume while timelines are slightly different. Each ends with a 'Where to Learn More' bibliography of books and other resources. Black-and-white photographs and line maps illustrate the volumes. Because volumes are indexed separately, a paperback 'Reference Library Cumulative Index' is included for access to all three. The vocabulary could be read by upper middle school students and will be very useful in high schools."--Blanche Woolls, March 2006

— Blanche Woolls

Table of Contents

1. The Ancient Middle East: From the First Civilizations to the Crusades.
2. The Ottoman Empire: 1299 to 1923.
3. Forging New Nations from the Ottoman Empire: 1918 to 1950.
4. Other Rising Middle East Nations in the Twentieth Century.
5. Palestine and Zionist Settlement: Nineteenth Century to 1948.
6. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1948 to 1973.
7. Israeli-Palestinian Relations: 1973 to 2011.
8. The Palestinian Authority: 2004 to 2011.
9. Syria and Lebanon: 1936 to 1990.
10. The Rise of Hezbollah in Lebanon: 1990 to 2011.
11. The Iran-Iraq War: 1980 to 1988.
12. The Gulf Wars: 1991 to 2011.
13. Terrorism Based in the Middle East.
14. Conflicts Within: Repressive Governments of the Middle East in the Early Twenty-First Century.
15. The Arab Spring: 2011.
16. Western Views of the Middle East.

Mahmoud Abbas (Palestine).
Abu Nidal (Palestine).
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran).
Yasser Arafat (Palestine).
Hanan Ashrawi (Palestine).
Hafez Assad (Syria).
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Turkey).
Menachem Begin(Israel).
David Ben-Gurion (Israel).
Osama bin Laden (Saudi Arabia).
Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine).
Mohammed ElBaradei (Egypt).
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey).
Faisal ibn Abd al Aziz ibn Saud (Saudi Arabia).
Pierre Gemayel (Lebanon).
Theodor Herzl (Hungary).
Amin al-Husayni (Palestine).
Hussein I (Jordan).
Saddam Hussein (Iraq).
Meir Kahane (Israel).
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Iran).
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Iran).
Tzipporah Livni (Israel).
Golda Meir (Israel).
Hosni Mubarak (Egypt).
Hasan Nasrallah (Lebanon).
Gamal Abdel Nasser (Egypt).
Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel).
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (Iran).
Shimon Peres (Israel).
Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi (Libya).
Yitzhak Rabin (Israel).
Anwar Sadat (Egypt).
Herbert Louis Samuel (Great Britain).
Ariel Sharon (Israel).

1. Vying for Power: Dividing Palestine.
The Peel Commission Report. The Biltmore Program. The Alexandria Protocol.
2. Forming a State: The Birth of Israel and the Arab Response.
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. Statement Issued on the Occasion of the Entry of the Arab Armies in Palestine.
3. Conflict in the Middle East after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
United Nations Resolution 242. The Palestinian National Charter.
4. The Road to Peace.
Speeches to the Knesset. The Oslo Accords. Israel’s Revised Disengagement Plan. The Goldstone Report. Reconsidering Goldstone.
5. Competing Visions of the Middle East.
The Jewish State. Speech to the Officer’s Club. Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders. The Contribution of Islam to a Global Ethic. Obama’s Cairo Speech.
6. Personal Accounts of the Middle East Conflict.
Resistance. They Must Go. Letters from Tel Mond Prison. Daughter of the Olive Trees. Den of Lions. Barefoot in Baghdad.
7. Artists’ Perspectives on the Middle East.
Palestine. The Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Persepolis.
8. The Arab Spring.
The Damascus Declaration. Taking to the Street. Out of the Shadow of Fear.