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A History of the Middle East 1.01

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Robert J. Flynn, Portland Community College

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Portland Community College

Language: English

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Reviewed by Lindsay Benstead, Professor of Politics & Global Affairs, Portland State University on 8/18/23

This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of Middle East history, beginning with the age of the Prophet and ending with the immediate post-9-11 period. It is refreshing to see coverage of North Africa, which is often under-emphasized in... read more

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Introduction
  • Chapter Two: Muhammad and Islam
  • Chapter Three: The Arab Conquest and the Establishment of the Caliphate
  • Chapter Four: Religious, Social, and Intellectual Changes During the Caliphate, 632-1258
  • Chapter Five: The Decline of the Arab Empire, 809-1300
  • Chapter Six: The Gunpowder Empires
  • Chapter Seven: Ottoman Crisis and Adaptation, 1566-1768
  • Chapter Eight: Western Intrusions, Eastern Responses, 1768-1878
  • Chapter Nine: The Twilight of the Ottoman Empire, 1878-1916
  • Chapter Ten: “A Peace to End All Peace"
  • Chapter Eleven: The Independent States, 1918-1948
  • Chapter Twelve: The Middle East Under European Control, 1922-1948
  • Chapter Thirteen, The Establishment of Israel, 1918-1948
  • Chapter Fourteen: The Age of Nasser, 1949-1967
  • Chapter Fifteen: Arabia, Turkey, and Iran, 1949-1979
  • Chapter Sixteen: The Middle East After Nasser, 1967-1979
  • Chapter Seventeen: Transition and Stalemate, 1980-1990
  • Chapter Eighteen: The Gulf War and Its Legacy, 1990-2001

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  • About the Book

    History of the Middle East is a survey of Middle Eastern History from the time of Muhammad in the seventh century until the eve of the War on Terror in 2001. It is designed to meet the requirements of a single-term introductory course and is aimed at students who have no more than a casual understanding of the history, cultures, and societies of the region. It offers a relatively concise narrative of the region’s historical development that seeks to avoid oversimplification on the one hand and overcomplexity on the other.

    About the Contributors


    Robert Flynn received his PhD in diplomatic history from the University of Kentucky in 2001 where he studied with George Herring. He has been an instructor of history at Portland Community College since 2004 and teaches Middle East history, Western Civilization, and US History. He is presently serving as the PCC History Subject Area Committee chair.

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