Following an analysis of the sultanate's "renaissance" in the 1970s and 1980s, the book considers how Oman's foreign policy changed in the wake of the 1991 Gulf War. It also examines historic power rivalries in the region, as well as modern conflicts that now include Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The result is a comprehensive understanding of Oman's place in the Middle East—and its influence upon the world's changing power structure.
Majid Al-Khalili is lecturer in strategic studies and the modern Middle East in the International Relations Department, Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Lateral contributors to the drug trade include shipbuilders who fashioned their craft to meet needs of the commerce, designing specially built Indiamen, clippers, and "fast crabs."
Ms. Kienholz shows how vicious competition in the trade moved players like chess pieces, with winners and losers shifting positions.
Her research into the production of the new "opioids" such as oxycodone is an area not previously probed.
With its close proximity to the Middle East and North Africa and its cultural and commercial ties to the US and the Americas, Europe has naturally become the new logistical center of radical Islam.
The book gives an insight of mostly Muslim residents of four major European cities-Amsterdam, Paris, Munich and London-on the causes and effects of terrorism, their role in that struggle, where things are likely headed and some possible solutions to what some have described as a "clash of civilizations".
All exchanges between the author and respondents are outlined-straightforward and unfiltered-as they occurred, with some relevant background information to help clarify the particular situation being discussed.
It is worth noting that there is no support or indictment of any religion from the author's perspective although it is very interesting to find out how religion is used to justify-sometimes implicitly-the views of the respondents.
Originally published in 1967.
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One of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle East, From Beirut to Jerusalem remains vital to our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of experience reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write this now-classic work of journalism. In a new afterword, he updates his journey with a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and how they are transforming the area, and a new look at relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis.
Rich with anecdote, history, analysis, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will continue to shape how we see the Middle East for many years to come.
"If you're only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it."--Seymour M. Hersh