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Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West (Modern Library Chronicles)
Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West (Modern Library Chronicles) Milton Viorst 0812974190 9780812974195 Americas engagement with the Arab world stretches back far beyond the Iraq wars. Ac
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Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West (Modern Library Chronicles) by Milton Viorst

Americas engagement with the Arab world stretches back far beyond the Iraq wars. According to Milton Viorst, the current conflict is simply the latest round in a 1,400-year struggle between Christianity and Islam, in which the United States became a participant only in the last century. Today, the Bush Doctrine aims to free the Arab peoples from political oppression and create a democratic Iraq. So why are Arabs, and Iraqis in particular, so suspicious of our efforts? The explanation, Viorst says, is simple: What the American leadership has miscalculated, or simply dismissed, is Arab nationalism. In Storm from the East, Viorst offers a balanced, lucid, and vital history of Americas uneasy relationship with the Arab world and argues that brutal conflict in the region will continue until the West, with the United States taking the lead, honors the Arabs insistence on deciding their own destiny. Viorst examines the long struggle of the Arab world to overthrow Western hegemony. He explores the Arab experiences with democracy and military despotism; Nasserite socialism in Egypt and Ba athism in Syria and Iraq; tribal monarchy in Saudi Arabia and Jordan; guerrilla warfare waged by the Palestinians; and, finally, Islamic rebellion culminating in Osama bin Ladens extremist al-Qaeda. All have the same goal: the liberation of the Arabs from foreign domination. Storm from the East is a powerful work that, like no other, limns the political, religious, and social roots of Arab nationalism and the present-day unrest in the Middle East. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Milton Viorst

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 197

Publisher: Modern Library

Publication Date: 2007-04-17

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