In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance #ad - The author discusses such landmark past events as the algerian civil war, the state of the Arab world shortly after 9/11, and the pan-Arab awakening that began in 2011, as well as current events such as the Syrian rebellion and the repercussions of its brutal response from Bashar al-Assad. In addition, to ziad jarrah—the terrorist who is thought to have been at the controls of the plane forced down by its heroic passengers in Shanksville, the Nobel laureate of the Arabs, he sheds new light on some of the significant players in the Arab world, past and present, from Naguib Mahfouz, Pennsylvania on 9/11.
Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's OdysseyVintage #ad - From fouad ajami, an acclaimed author and chronicler of Arab politics, comes a compelling account of how a generation of Arab intellectuals tried to introduce cultural renewals in their homelands through the forces of modernity and secularism. Ultimately, exile, on occasion, they came to face disappointment, and, death.
Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey #ad - Brilliantly weaving together the strands of a tumultuous century in arab political thought, history, from Nasser's pan-Arab nationalist ambitions to the emergence of an uneasy Pax Americana in Arab lands, and poetry, Ajami takes us from the ruins of Beirut's once glittering metropolis to the land of Egypt, where struggle rages between a modernist impulse and an Islamist insurgency, from the triumphalism of the Gulf War to the continuing anguished debate over the Israeli-Palestinian peace accords.
For anyone who seeks to understand the Middle East, here is an insider's unflinching analysis of the collision between intellectual life and political realities in the Arab world today.
The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in IraqFree Press #ad - The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq #ad - An incisive analysis of the roots and implications of the turmoil in the middle East journeys behind the familiar facade of Iraq to argue that troubles in the Arab world can be linked to America's limited understanding of the region, thirst for oil, and need to deal with terrorism, as well as to the stranglehold that pan-Arabic thought has on the area.
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The Syrian RebellionHoover Institution Press #ad - The Syrian Rebellion #ad - Fouad ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria. Focusing on the similarities and differences in skills between former dictator Hafez al-Assad and his successor son, Bashar, Ajami explains how an irresistible force clashed with an immovable object: the regime versus people who conquered fear to challenge a despot of unspeakable cruelty.
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle EastViking #ad - Understanding its recent history is essential to understanding everything taking place across the region today--from the terrorist attacks in the North Sinai and Egypt's new partnership with Israel to the bedlam in Syria and Libya. One of the economist's books of the yeara candid narrative of how and why the arab spring sparked, then failed, and the truth about America's role in that failure and the subsequent military coup that put Sisi in power--from the Middle East correspondent of the New York Times.
In 2011, ages, and social classes shook off millennia of autocracy, Egyptians of all sects, then elected a Muslim Brother as president. Juxtaposing his on-the-ground experience in Cairo with new reporting on the conflicts within the Obama administration, Kirkpatrick traces how authoritarianism was allowed to reclaim Egypt after thirty months of turmoil.
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East #ad - Into the hands of the soldiers is a heartbreaking story with a simple message: The failings of decades of autocracy are the reason for the chaos we see today across the Arab world. Egypt, home to one in four Arabs, is always a bellwether. As revolution and violence engulfed the country, he received an unexpected and immersive education in the Arab world.
For centuries, from independence and arab nationalism to Islamic modernism, political Islam, Egypt has set in motion every major trend in politics and culture across the Middle East, and the jihadist thought that led to Al Qaeda and ISIS. The 2013 military coup replaced him with a new strongman, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has cracked down on any dissent or opposition with a degree of ferocity Mubarak never dared.
Because autocracy is the problem, more autocracy is unlikely to provide a durable solution.