By Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., Aomar Boum

An creation to the background of this turbulent quarter from the beginnings of Islam to the current day, this greatly acclaimed textual content by means of Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. is unusual via its transparent sort, extensive scope, and balanced therapy. This publication explores the evolution of Islamic associations and tradition, the impact of the West, the modernization efforts of heart japanese governments, the fight of varied peoples for political independence, the Arab–Israeli clash, the reassertion of Islamic values and tool, the problems surrounding the Palestinian query, and the post-9/11 heart East.

The 11th variation has been absolutely revised to mirror the newest occasions in, and issues of, the quarter, together with an elevated and extra nuanced dialogue of the “War on Terrorism” and the Arab uprisings, insurance of the increase of ISIS, and a brand new bankruptcy at the transforming into environmental difficulties of the sector. furthermore, the authors have included new scholarship at the early background to supply a fuller photo of the political shifts and socioeconomic issues of that point. With up to date bibliographical sketches, chronology and thesaurus, A Concise heritage of the center East continues to be an important textual content for college students of center East historical past.

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The appointment of the AngloAmerican Committee (AAC) was announced on 13 November. The threat of an Anglo-American rupture was averted, and the Haganah briefly suspended its attacks to enable the inquiry to go forward in an atmosphere of relative calm. The twelve-man committee was instructed “to examine political, economic and social conditions in Palestine as they bear upon the problem of Jewish immigration and settlement therein” and “to examine the position of the Jews in those countries in Europe where they have been victims of Nazi and Fascist persecution, [to assess how they might be reintegrated in those countries,] .

He warned the Jews not to push their way to “the head of the queue,” lest they trigger an anti-Semitic reaction. Meanwhile, Britain would curb Jewish immigration, imposing a ceiling of fifteen hundred entry certificates a month. 70 During February and March 1946 the committee studied the situation of the DPs in Europe, toured the Middle East, and heard out Arab and Zionist representatives and British officials. Some outside observers, such as the S TA K I N G C L A I M S 33 philo-Zionist South African prime minister Jan Smuts and Dr.

In the first months of World War II, Zionist organizations stepped up efforts to save European Jews from the impending massacre—and to strengthen the Yishuv by bringing them to Palestine—through an illegal immigration operation run mainly by the newly created Institute for Illegal Immigration (hamossad leGaliya bilti ligalit), a secret arm of the Haganah. The British countered with a Royal Navy cordon that intercepted the rickety steamers, and many were stopped and their passengers reshipped to detention camps in Mauritius and, later, Cyprus.

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