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Download Honour is in Contentment: Life Before Oil in Ras Al-Khaimah by William Lancaster PDF

By William Lancaster

According to interviews and box examine, the authors discover the units of rules Arab tribespeople from Ras Al-Khaimah had approximately tribe and neighborhood; social and monetary networks, and jural contracts for livelihoods and earnings; their makes use of in their environments; the ethical kin of credits, debt and labour; ruling; financial and political alterations; and concepts of neighborhood background the place conflicts have been considered as disputes over units of rules, and casual bills of tribal and native histories.Published resources supply a much wider context to those principles and occasions which exhibit the good complexity and differing views of 'life earlier than oil' within the Gulf.

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Download Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, by Dick Camp PDF

By Dick Camp

The moment conflict for Fallujah, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, happened over a nearly two-month interval, from November 7 to December 23, 2004. The Marine Corps’ largest conflict in Iraq up to now, it used to be so lengthy and fierce that it has entered the pantheon of USMC battles along Iwo Jima, Inchon, and Hue City. This booklet bargains an in-depth, intimate look at Operation Phantom Fury, the one most vital conflict undertaken throughout the career of Iraq. The writer, a retired Marine Corps colonel with strive against provider in Vietnam, carried out own interviews with opponents, from the department commander accountable for the operation right down to Marine squaddies who did the fighting. The result--illustrated with 100 motion photographs--is a unprecedented firsthand account of the brutal fact of the conflict in Iraq, how this conflict for a key urban was once fought, and the way this kind of an important conflict appears to be like from positions of command and from the thick of the fight.

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Download The Shaykh of Shaykhs: Mithqal al-Fayiz and Tribal by Yoav Alon PDF

By Yoav Alon

Shaykh Mithqal al-Fayiz's existence spanned a interval of dramatic transformation within the heart East. Born within the Eighteen Eighties in the course of a time of speedy modernization around the Ottoman Empire, Mithqal led his tribe via international battle I, the advance and decline of colonial rule and founding of Jordan, the institution of the nation of Israel and the Arab-Israeli clash that ensued, and the increase of pan-Arabism. As Mithqal navigated nearby politics over the a long time, he redefined the trendy function of the shaykh.

In following Mithqal's outstanding lifestyles, this publication explores tribal management within the glossy center East extra often. The help of Mithqal's tribe to the Jordanian Hashemite regime extends again to the construction of Jordan in 1921 and has characterised its political method ever method. The long-standing alliances among tribal elites and the royal family members clarify, to a wide quantity, the extreme resilience of Hashemite rule in Jordan and the country's relative balance. Mithqal al-Fayiz's existence and paintings as a shaykh supply a awesome person tale, in addition to a different window into the heritage, society, and politics of Jordan.

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Download Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces by Steven R. Ward PDF

By Steven R. Ward

"Immortal" is the single single-volume English-language survey of Iran's army heritage. CIA analyst Steven R. Ward indicates that Iran's squaddies, from the famed "Immortals" of historical Persia to modern day innovative shield, have verified throughout the centuries that they need to no longer be underestimated. This heritage additionally presents history at the nationalist, tribal, and spiritual heritages of the rustic to aid readers higher comprehend Iran and its protection outlook. "Immortal" starts off with the founding of historical Persia's empire below Cyrus the good and keeps in the course of the Iran-Iraq battle (1980-1988) and as much as the current. Drawing on quite a lot of assets together with declassified files, the writer supplies fundamental concentration to the fashionable period to narrate the build-up of the army lower than the final Shah, its cave in throughout the Islamic revolution, its fortunes within the Iran-Iraq struggle, and its upward push from the ashes to assist Iran turn into once more a big local army energy. He indicates that, regardless of command and provide difficulties, Iranian infantrymen exhibit excessive degrees of bravery and perseverance and feature loved excellent tactical successes even if victory has been elusive. those characteristics and the Iranians' skill to impose excessive expenditures on their enemies via exploiting Iran's enforcing geography endure cautious attention this day by way of capability competitors.

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Download The Struggle for Kirkuk: The Rise of Hussein, Oil, and the by Henry D. Astarjian M.D. PDF

By Henry D. Astarjian M.D.

Seldom in background has a country engaged in struggle with out realizing the enemy, because the usa has in Iraq. This booklet explores, via genuine existence tales, the social and political dynamics at play in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan prior to the increase of Saddam Hussein. Kirkuk is a hotly contested oil city—a time bomb with the aptitude to shatter the delicate wish for solidarity in Iraq. during this book-half memoir, part history—Iraqi-American health practitioner Henry Astarjian unearths the turmoil of existence less than Communism then as a political prisoner in a loss of life row mobile in Iraq and an army felony in Baghdad. instructed from an eyewitness viewpoint, his publication provides the heritage of Iraq throughout the lifetime of one in all its such a lot risky cities, throughout the eyes of a citizen who witnessed dying, kidnapping, corruption, political indoctrination, and open homicide within the streets. initially a Jewish enclave, Kirkuk used to be domestic to Jews, Kurds, Armenians, Turks, and Communists—diverse peoples whose unusual reviews contributed to the wider political tensions of the 1958 Revolution that introduced Saddam Hussein to power.This ebook is the tale of the demographic variety of this urban, its political currents resulting in the loss of life of the Royal regime of Iraq. it's the tale of colonial Britains, Kurds, Turkomans, Assyrians, pre-emigration Jews, and post-genocidal Armenians, all residing jointly in peace yet with deep-seated animosities. at once or in some way all of them have been fascinated about surreptitious battles for keep watch over over Baba Gurgur, the oil fields of Kirkuk. Henry Astarjian used to be either a witness to and a sufferer of such a lot occasions of this era. The e-book additionally explores the impacts that the British, throughout the Iraq Petroleum corporation (IPC), had in shaping Iraqi society. This ebook is going past the most obvious in detailing the Soviet makes an attempt to realize entry to Baba Gurgur via its surrogates, the Communists, and their efforts to recruit the budding adolescence. It additionally tells the tale of the author's incarceration and torture in a demise row cellphone, by the hands of his early life pal Adnaan Al-Azzawi, an avowed Communist. The loss of life of the Hashimite Dynasty in Iraq in 1958, which ended in Communist takeover of the rustic, touched Astarjian's lifestyles in my view. His incarceration with the Ba'th leaders in Al-Rasheed army Base, gave him a unique examine their psyche and a adverse feel for the way forward for Iraq; that, inspired his selection to go away the rustic. ultimately, the e-book pursues the mental results the Iraqi defeat in Palestine (1948) had at the Iraqi individual and the defense force. It information the on-the-spot formation of the Iraqi unfastened officials flow (whose founders later grew to become the author's felony buddies) who, a decade later, waged a coup opposed to the Hashimite regime.

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Download Iraq War by Rodney P. Carlisle PDF

By Rodney P. Carlisle

Following the Persian Gulf conflict of 1990-1991, the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq persevered to defy the United countries. His executive made it approximately most unlikely for UN-appointed inspectors to figure out even if Iraq had eradicated its courses to fabricate and set up guns of mass destruction, together with poison gasoline, organic brokers that reason illness, and nuclear guns. Iraq conflict covers all of the heritage fabric essential to comprehend the situations surrounding this actual army venture. The compelling narrative describes such occasions because the catch of Saddam Hussein by way of U.S. forces whereas additionally addressing the aftermath of the army crusade and the continued unrest within the nation. an enormous and well timed source for center and highschool readers, Iraq battle explores the heritage of the quarter in addition to the hot occasions major as much as and culminating during this battle.

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Download A House of Many Mansions: History of Lebanon Reconsidered by Kamal Salibi PDF

By Kamal Salibi

At the present time Lebanon is among the world's so much divided international locations - if it continues to be a rustic in any respect. yet ironically the faction-ridden Lebanese, either Christians and Muslims, have by no means proven a keener cognizance of universal identification. How can this be? The Lebanese historian Kamal S. Salibi examines, within the mild of contemporary scholarship, the historic myths on which his country's warring groups have established their conflicting visions of the Lebanese state. The Lebanese have regularly lacked a typical imaginative and prescient in their earlier. From the start Muslims and Christians have disagreed essentially over their country's old legitimacy: Christians commonly have affirmed it, Muslims have tended to stress Lebanon's position in a broader Arab heritage. either teams have used nationalist rules in a harmful online game, which at a deeper point comprises archaic loyalties and tribal rivalries. yet Lebanon can't have the funds for those conflicting visions whether it is to increase and keep a feeling of political group. during his vigorous exposition, Salibi bargains a tremendous reinterpretation of Lebanese historical past and offers insights into the dynamic of Lebanon's contemporary clash. He additionally offers an account of ways the photographs of groups which underlie smooth nationalism are created

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Download The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the by Shibley Telhami PDF

By Shibley Telhami

As soon as a unvoiced area ruled via authoritarian rulers, the Arab global turns out to have constructed an id of its personal nearly in a single day. The sequence of uprisings that begun in 2010 profoundly altered politics within the quarter, forcing many specialists to greatly revise their understandings of the Arab humans. but whereas the Arab uprisings have certainly caused seismic adjustments, Arab public opinion has been a perennial yet lengthy neglected strength influencing occasions within the heart East.

In The international via Arab Eyes, eminent political scientist Shibley Telhami attracts upon a decade’s worthy of unique polling info, probing the depths of the Arab psyche to research the using forces and feelings of the Arab uprisings and the following section of Arab politics. With nice perception into the folks and international locations he has surveyed, Telhami presents a longitudinal account of Arab id, revealing how Arabs’ present-day priorities and grievances were gestating for many years. The call for for dignity most popular within the chants of hundreds of thousands went a long way past a simple fight for nutrients and person rights. The Arabs’ cries weren't easily a reaction to deprave leaders, yet have been actually inseparable from the collective recognize they crave from the surface international. a long time of perceived humiliations by the hands of the West have left many Arabs with a wounded feel of nationwide satisfaction, but additionally a wish for political structures with components of Western democracies—an obvious contradiction that's just one of many complicating our knowing of the huge shifts in Arab politics and society.

In superb element and with nice humanity, Telhami identifies the major prisms by which Arabs view concerns imperative to their daily lives, from democracy to faith to overseas family with Iran, Israel, the U.S., and different international powers. The global via Arab Eyes unearths the hearts and minds of a humans frequently misunderstood yet ever extra vital to our globalized world.

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Download Making of a Syrian Identity: Intellectuals and Merchants in by Fruma Zachs PDF

By Fruma Zachs

Exploring the origins and improvement of the Syrian id, through the 18th and nineteenth centuries, throughout the position of Christian Arab intellectuals and retailers, Ottomans and American missionaries, this quantity examines its heritage, levels of evolution, and elements. It indicates that the contribution of those Christian Arabs, regardless of their quite small quantity, lies within the tactics they set in movement, being the 1st to advertise territorial thoughts besides an earthly interpretation of Arab tradition. This Syrian id constitutes an leading edge case research within the broader self-discipline of proto-national identification and the examine of the advance of neighborhood identities in center jap nations. it's also an essential foundation for study of twentieth century Syrian nationalism. Readership: All these drawn to Syrian historical past as of the 18th century and on, but in addition: neighborhood id and nationalism, highbrow heritage within the ME (mainly Christians), Ottoman Empire in the course of the a.m. interval, the development of Arab literature, actions of Christian Missionaries within the ME etc.

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