The Modern Middle East

The Modern Middle East

The Modern Middle East

The Modern Middle East

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The Middle East of antiquity and of medieval Islam has traditionally attracted a small nucleus of Western archaeologists, classical historians, students of the Bible, and Orientalists. Not until recent years, however, has there been a general awareness of or interest in the contemporary Middle East. Particularly since World War II there has been a radical change.

Some of the reasons for this interest are obvious -- the ArabIsrael conflict, the Suez crisis, oil, Soviet arms, nationalist violence and revolution, and the Cold War implications of all of these. The result has been a widespread concern in the West to know about that turbulent area and a proliferation of effort to meet the need. Foreign correspondents have been posted, governments have multiplied their staffs, and centers of Near and Middle Eastern studies have been established. Social scientists and historians have begun in growing numbers to focus scholarly attention on the Middle East, and Orientalists themselves have discovered a contemporary di-

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