From the First World War to the Arab Spring

What’s Really Going On in the Middle East?

  • Authors
  • M. E. McMillan

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Tangled Web: Why the Great Powers of Europe Became Involved in the Middle East

  4. Too Many Straight Lines on the Map: Where, When, and Why It Started to Go Wrong

  5. All or Nothing: Why All Roads Lead to Jerusalem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 109-112
    3. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 113-127
    4. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 129-144
  6. Kings, Colonels, and Coups: Why There Is a Democratic Deficit in the Arab World

  7. The Sacred Versus the Secular: Who Speaks for Islam?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 195-200
    3. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 201-212
    4. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 213-220
    5. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 221-234
    6. M. E. McMillan
      Pages 235-236
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-279

About this book


Offering a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of the complex web of wars and proxy wars, revolutions and counter-revolutions that are ripping the Middle East apart, this book puts these events in their historical context and leads readers through the labyrinth that is the new Middle East.  This book seeks answers to pressing, contentious questions.  Why are there so many hereditary heads of state in the Middle East when the Prophet Muhammad did not appoint a successor?  Why do Western countries claim to want democracy in the Middle East, yet support dictators?  Why did Israel become a democracy while the Arab states did not?  Why are there so many wars in the Middle East?  And, most importantly, what happened to the hope and optimism of the Arab Spring?  M.E. McMillan offers fresh answers to these difficult questions.  Firmly grounded in historical research and insightful analysis of current events, this book gives readers a new understanding of what’s really going on in the Middle East.


First World War Arab Spring Imperialism in the Middle East Political Islam Democratic deficit in the Arab world Sacred versus the secular Israel Palestine Anti-Semitism Jerusalem Dictatorship versus democracy The cult of personality Iranian revolution ISIL Extremism Monarchy Military conflict conflicts democracy dictatorship Europe Islam Middle East Nation politics religion revolution Salem

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