The Middle East: A Beginner's Guide

The Middle East: A Beginner's Guide

Philip Robins

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The Middle East is notorious in the West for many reasons; few of them are positive. Synonymous with terrorism, oil riches, bad governance corruption, and conflict, it has led many Western commentators to write it off as both backward and insular.

In this pioneering introduction, Oxford University's Philip Robins argues that the region is plagues by the same problems that afflict the rest of the developing world. With each chapter focusing on topic essential to a rounded understanding of the region, Robins weaves together the disparate countries into a coherent and entertaining narrative. From leadership and gender to religion and society, The Middle East: A beginner's Guide is replete with case studies, astute analysis, profiles of no better resource for understanding the modern Middle East.  

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