Magazine article New Internationalist

100 Myths about the Middle East

Magazine article New Internationalist

100 Myths about the Middle East

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100 Myths About the Middle East by Fred Halliday (Saqi Books, ISBN o 86356 529 8)

Fred Halliday has been a respected commentator on the Middle East for decades; his Arabia Without Sultans remains deservedly a classic and recently he has written perceptively about the 9/11 bombings in Two Hours That Shook the World.

The premise of his latest book is brilliantly simple. Halliday takes 100 statements about the Middle East that 'everybody knows' and then proceeds thoroughly to debunk the myths. The author tackles 'facts' such as the notion that the politics of the Middle East are governed by a set of rules peculiar to the region; that the Arabs are a 'desert people'; and that the conflicts of the region are a continuation of a millennia-old struggle over 'holy land'.

Halliday draws on an extensive array of source material as well as his own experience of the area in his quest to clarify and illuminate the truth. …

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