Minorities in the Middle East
A History of Struggle and Self-Expression, 2d ed.
About the Book
The struggle for independence by minorities in the Middle East (those people who are non–Arab or non–Muslim) is affecting the political climate around the world. War and terrorism are threatening the safety of many minority communities and repression of minorities still remains standard state policy in some countries.
This updated and revised edition of the 1991 original provides a wealth of historical and political detail for all the indigenous peoples of the Middle East. Pressed to persist in a threatening environment, these minorities (Kurds, Berbers, Baluchi, Druzes, ‘Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Maronites, Sudanese Christians, Jews, Egyptian Copts, and others) share similar experiences and have been known to cooperate for shared goals. Important events and new trends regarding the welfare of these groups are covered, and numerous oral histories add to the new edition.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
About the Author(s)
Mordechai Nisan has written extensively on Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He teaches Middle East Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School and lives in Jerusalem.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
Table of Contents
PART 1: MUSLIM MINORITIES
Kurds: A Legacy of Struggle and Suffering 33
Berbers: Between Rebellion and Submission 54
Baluch: From Obscurity to Geostrategic Importance 76
PART II: HETERODOX MUSLIM MINORITIES
Druzes: Freedom Without Independence 93
‘Alawites: To Power and the Unknown 114
PART III: CHRISTIAN MINORITIES
Copts: From Majority People to Minority Religion 133
Armenians: Talent, Tragedy, and Territorial Loss 156
Assyrians: An Ancient People, a Perennial Struggle 180
Maronites: Sophistication and Missed Opportunities 195
Sudanese Christians: Tribulations and War in Black Africa 223
PART IV: JEWS, ISRAEL AND OTHER MIDDLE EASTERN MINORITIES
Jews: Zionist Achievement, Lingering Question 249
Jews, Israel, and the Minorities 272
The Elusiveness of Political Rule: A Comparison 298
Minority Mobilization and the Crusader Case 301
Minority Particularity and the Israeli Case 304
Peoples and State Across the Region 305
The Middle East and the World 307
Select Bibliography 337
Name Index 339
Book Reviews & Awards
“impressive fund of information”—Choice; “informative…the strength of the book lies in the breadth of its coverage…useful”—Library Journal “one of the only volumes to consider a variety of groups, their relationships with each other, and their collective role in the region and beyond…an invaluable and timely resource”—Against the Grain; “a significant book…it is helpful, informative and balanced…helpful, timely and accessible book”—Catholic Library World; “invaluable”—Claremont Review of Books.