Fred Halliday

100 myths about the Middle East

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Much has been written in recent years about the Middle East. At the same time, no other region has been as misunderstood, nor framed in so many clichés and mistakenly-held beliefs. In this much-needed exposé Fred Halliday selects one hundred of the most commonly misconstrued 'facts' – in the political, cultural, social and historical spheres – and illuminates each case without compromising its underlying complexities. The Israel-Palestine crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the US-led Gulf incursions, the Afghan-Soviet conflict and other significant milestones in modern Middle East history come under scrutiny here, with conclusions that will surprise and enlighten many for going so persuasively against the grain. 'A writer of true calibre.' Independent 'Fred Halliday's grasp of the Middle East makes him an invaluable source of readable and authoritative material on the main issues.' Irish Times 'Fascinating reading … Challenging proverbial 'wisdom', pat answers and politically motivated lies, he addresses 100 common misconceptions about the Middle East and how the region figures into US and European foreign policy.' Jordan Times
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198 printed pages
Original publication
2013
Publishers
Saqi, Saqi Books

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