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Dictionary of the Middle East by Dilip Hiro
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Dictionary of the Middle East

by Dilip Hiro

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312174357, Paperback)

If ever there were a region of the world in need of a comprehensive dictionary, the Middle East would be that place. With over 1,000 entries, Dilip Hiro makes sense of one of the most volatile, complex, and highly disputed of turfs. From "Aal" to "Zoroastrians," the dictionary covers the Arab-Israeli Wars, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, literary personalities, and hostages. There are clear explanations of ethnic groups, political ideologies, tourist destinations, and 14 country profiles. Hiro's book is a remarkable reference, adding lucidity to a region traditionally enshrouded in conflict and misunderstanding. Devoid of any noticeable bias, all sides are represented with rigorous attention to accuracy and clarity. All this plus a comprehensive index makes Hiro's dictionary unusually valuable to students, journalists, business people, inquisitive travelers, and anyone else who wishes to get a handle on the Middle East. --Stephanie Gold

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The author has written several books on India and the Middle East and brings a global, rather than American perspective to the subject. He focuses on the "core" countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the U.A.E., and the Palestinian territories. The scope of the work includes political and military history, religion, country profiles, ethnic groups and government and politics, language and literature, issues related to oil and gas production and markets, ideologies, places, and twentieth century biographies and treaty information. There is an index to supplement the dictionary arrangement. The ten maps, eight sharing only two pages are sufficient, but the strengths of the book greatly outweigh this shortcoming. Highly recommended for high school collections.… (more)

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