The Long Shadow: Culture And Politics In The Middle East

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The Long Shadow: Culture And Politics In The Middle East

By Daniel Pipes
Transaction Books, 1988
320 pp. $32.95
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Daniel Pipes has put together in one book various essays, articles and book reviews that he wrote and published in Commentary and elsewhere during the 1980s. He ties them up in five separate packages (Islam, the Persian Gulf, the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and U.S. policy), and as a unifying theme cites his historian's perspective. He also takes note of cultural continuities and of a prescience at the time of writing that makes these pieces stand up today. The parts do not really make a whole, but Pipes is a talented scholar and observer, outspoken and at times controversial, always worth reading.

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