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Download Poets and Pahlevans. A Journey into the Heart of Iran by Marcello Di Cintio PDF

By Marcello Di Cintio

Marcello Di Cintio prepares for his "journey into the guts of Iran" with the maximum diligence. he is taking classes in Farsi, researches Persian poetry and sharpens his wrestling abilities by means of returning to the mat after a spot of a few years. understanding that there's a detailed dating among heroic poetry and a few of the forms of conventional Persian wrestling, he units out to find how Iranians "reconcile creativity with combat."

From the instant of his arrival in Tehran, the writer is crushed by way of hospitality. He immerses himself in male corporation in tea homes, speaking whereas smoking the qalyun or water pipe. Iranian males are just too keen to speak, particularly approximately politics. Confusingly, he's informed conflicting statements--that all Iranians love George Bush, that every one Iranians hate George Bush; that lifestyles was once infinitely higher below the Shah, that the mullahs swept away the corruption of the Shah's regime and made existence larger for all.

Once out of Tehran, he...

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Download US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis by David Patrick Houghton PDF

By David Patrick Houghton

Why did Iranian scholars grab the yank embassy in Tehran in 1979? Why did the Carter management release a rescue challenge, and why did it fail so spectacularly? This ebook solutions those and different puzzles utilizing an analogical reasoning strategy that highlights the function of ancient analogies in choice making. utilizing interviews with key determination makers on either side, Houghton presents an unique research of 1 of the U.S.' maximum international coverage failures of contemporary years. The e-book will curiosity scholars and students of international coverage research and diplomacy.

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Download Tribes with Flags: Adventure and Kidnap in Greater Syria by Charles Glass PDF

By Charles Glass

‘Tribes With Flags’ is the gripping tale of Charles Glass's dramatic trip via higher Syria which supplies history context to a stricken zone once more within the headlines.Charles Glass begun his trip during the former Arab countries of the Ottoman Empire through exploring farms, refugee camps and feudal palaces to seize the entire spectrum of Levantine existence. yet his literary and religious ramble was once unexpectedly interrupted while on 17 June 1987 he used to be abducted through Shi'a militants. What undefined, sixty two days later, was once a bold break out that captivated the world’s media.In this vintage travelogue, the previous ABC center East correspondent documents an experience which took him via Turkey, Syria, Israel, Jordan and the Lebanon. a good, vibrant and quick story of wanderlust and historical past, ‘Tribes with Flags’ is a vital back-story to our knowing of the complexity of the area, and the gripping testimony of 1 of the few hostages who has escaped its maelstrom to inform his story.

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Download The Rough Guide to Dubai by Gavin Thomas PDF

By Gavin Thomas

This primary variation of "The tough consultant to Dubai" is the last word significant other to the world's most fun vacationer vacation spot, the place japanese and Western cultures merge. you will find specialist assurance of every little thing from conventional souks to cutting-edge vacationer sights, appealing shorelines to 'seven-star' resorts. Plus, there is certain sensible recommendation on what to work out and do in Dubai, with up to date listings of the entire most well-liked locations to stick, devour, drink and store on all budgets. An inspirational full-colour advent highlights the simplest of the town, and next sections display the remarkable contrasts among its conventional and futuristic aspects. "The tough advisor to Dubai" additionally brings you details at the most modern advancements to Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah, in addition to day-trips in the course of the UAE, together with Sharajah, Al Ain, the East Coast and bold Abu Dhabi. entire maps in the course of the consultant assist you locate your method round. utilize your journey with "The tough advisor to Dubai".

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Download The Modern History of Iraq by Phebe Marr PDF

By Phebe Marr

 Now in its 3rd version, the trendy background of Iraq locations in ancient standpoint the crises and upheavals that proceed to afflict the rustic. The e-book specializes in numerous very important topics: the hunt for nationwide id in a multiethnic, multireligious nation; the fight to accomplish financial improvement and modernity in a conventional society; and the political dynamics that experience ended in the present state of affairs. Phebe Marr attracts on released assets in Arabic and English, own interviews, and common visits to the rustic to provide a remarkably lucid and readable account of the emergence of up to date Iraq. This variation beneficial properties 3 new chapters that deliver readers brand new on occasions because the U.S. invasion and provides a clearer photo of the political, social, financial, and ideological outcomes of the hot upheaval. Marr presents an insightful evaluate of the present political scene—Iraq’s new political elites; rising figures, events, constituencies, and aid; and overseas impacts. Marr additionally bargains a uniquely penetrating research of Iraq’s present social and financial affairs, together with the decline of the center category, refugee displacement, the economics of oil, the prestige of ladies and ethnic teams, and the increase of sectarianism.

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Download The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam by Emmanouela Grypeou, Mark N. Swanson, David Thomas PDF

By Emmanouela Grypeou, Mark N. Swanson, David Thomas

The subject matter of this publication is the early encounters among Christianity and Islam within the japanese provinces of the Byzantine Empire and in Persia from the beginnings of Islam in Mecca to the time of the Abbasids in Bagdad. The contributions during this quantity care for the most important topics of political and theological discussion and controversy that characterised the various responses of the Christian groups within the Byzantine japanese provinces to the Islamic conquest and its next influence on Byzantine society and heritage. This quantity opens up new examine views surrounding the disagreement of Christianity with the early theological and political improvement of Islam. the current booklet emphasizes the significance of the examine of the beginnings and the rules of the relatives among the 2 religions.

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Download Male Domination, Female Revolt (Women and Gender: the Middle by Ishaq Tijani PDF

By Ishaq Tijani

This booklet investigates numerous types of women's resistance to male domination, as represented in Kuwaiti women's fiction. Drawing on Marxist-feminist literary concept, it heavily analyses chosen texts (published among 1953 and 2000), which mirror the consequences of patriarchal tradition and culture on race, category, and gender family members in Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf area typically. It argues that the chosen texts painting the pre-oil generations of Kuwaiti/Arabian Gulf women--born earlier than or within the first half the 20 th century--as resistant and/or progressive figures, opposite to the typical concept in their stereotypical passivity and submissiveness. This booklet demonstrates how Kuwaiti ladies writers have used literature to paintings for, and give a contribution to, social switch.

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Download The Fall of Constantinople (Pivotal Moments in History) by Ruth Tenzer Feldman PDF

By Ruth Tenzer Feldman

How did the lack of one urban switch the historical past of Europe? within the center a while, Constantinople's excellent geographic location--positioned alongside a land exchange course among Europe and Asia in addition to on a strategic seaway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean-- made town tremendous desirous, and therefore, liable to assault. lower than the keep an eye on of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, Constantinople turned referred to as "the Eye of the World," a middle of presidency, exchange, artwork, faith, and studying, and used to be much more desirous. Rulers outfitted 3 units of partitions to guard Constantinople from assaults by means of Asiatic tribes. however the city's fall to the Turkish Ottomans in 1453 marked the reliable finish of the Byzantine Empire--and the tip of the center a while. find out how the autumn of Constantinople grew to become one in all history's so much pivotal moments.

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Download Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the by Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappé PDF

By Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappé

"Chomsky is a world phenomenon . . . he could be the most generally learn American voice on overseas coverage at the planet."—The long island instances e-book Review

"Ilan Pappé is Israel's bravest, so much principled, such a lot incisive historian."—John Pilger

Described through a UN fact-finding challenge as "a intentionally disproportionate assault designed to punish, humiliate, and terrorize a civilian population," Israel's Operation solid Lead thrust the humanitarian obstacle within the Gaza Strip into the guts of the talk concerning the Israel/Palestine conflict.

In Gaza in Crisis, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, of the issue's such a lot insightful and well-known serious voices, survey the fallout from Israel's behavior in Gaza and position it into the context of Israel's longstanding career of Palestine.

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