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Greater Syria
Daniel Pipes
0195060229
Mar 1992
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From Library Journal
Pipes, director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sets out the historical background of the creation of the modern state of Syria and of its political institutions, all of which serve as the foundation to the development of what the author calls Pan-Syrian nationalism--the dream of creating a "Greater Syria" out of today's states of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, plus a portion of Turkey. Some may be critical of Pipes as he presents the history of Syria, particularly in his bias as Western-oriented historian. Nevertheless, his contribution here can not be exaggerated, and the coverage given this ideology will be inserted into the analysis of Syrian politics for years to come. This is best read with Patrick Seale's Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East ( LJ 4/1/89) and Moshe Ma'oz's Asad, The...


Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
James Reston
0385495625
May 2002
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Book Review
Throughout the medieval era, the Holy Land was a fiercely contested battlefield, fought over by huge Muslim and Christian armies, by zealots and assassins. The Third Crusade, spanning five years at the end of the 12th century, was, writes James Reston Jr. in this absorbing account, "Holy War at its most virulent," overseen by two great leaders, the Kurdish sultan Salah ad-Din, or Saladin, and the English king Richard, forevermore known as Lionheart.

Writing with a keen sense of historical detail and drama, Reston traces the complex path by which Saladin and Richard came to face each other on the field of battle. The Crusades, he observes, began "as a measure to redirect the energies of warring European barons from their bloody, local disputes into a 'noble' quest to reclaim the Holy Land from the 'infidel'." Of the five...



Ancient Jewish Art and Archaeology in the Diaspora (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik)
Rachel Hachlili
9004108785
April 1998
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HISTORY OF THE BRITISH CAVALRY, VOL V : 1914-1919 EGYPT, PALESTINE, AND SYRIA (History of the British Cavalry)
Marquess of Anglesey
0850523958
August 1994
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The History of Al-Tabari
Yohanan Friedmann
0791407349
Oct 1991
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Arabic


Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire
Flynt Leverett
0815752040
April 2005
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
In the 1970s, when the Lebanese civil war forced me to move The Washington Post's Middle East bureau out of Beirut, the Syrians invited me to set up shop in Damascus. No restrictions, they said. No wiretaps. Write what you want.Yeah, right. The Syria of President Hafez Assad was a country where visiting journalists waited until after they had left to file their stories -- and sometimes kept their bylines off the articles to protect themselves and their sources. It was repressive, backward and opaque. Today, almost 30 years later, Syria under the rule of Hafez Assad's son Bashar is still repressive and backward. But it has been rendered considerably less opaque thanks to Inheriting Syria, a succinct but masterful dissection by Flynt Leverett.Hafez Assad ruled Syria with an iron...


A History of the Monks of Syria
Theodoret of Cyrus
0879079886
June 2006
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The art of Syrian cookery;: A culinary trip to the land of Bible history: Syria and Lebanon
Helen Corey
B0006AXEFM


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Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan
Sonia Uvezian
0970971680
January 2004
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From Booklist
Those who recall Beirut's heyday before the Lebanese civil war brought it all crashing down speak fondly of the city's lively beaches, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and the multiple culinary traditions intersecting at the Mediterranean's eastern shore. Arabs, the French, Armenians, and Maronite Christians contributed to the melting pot that was Beirut. Uvezian grew up in the city's halcyon years, and she has re-created the recipes for foods she so happily recalls. Spices play a major role in Lebanese cooking; cinnamon and allspice add fragrance to both meats and vegetables. Lamb is the meat of choice, but beef makes a good substitute. Pork appears only in Maronite dishes. Vegetables come to the table lukewarm, reflecting a pan-Mediterranean tradition as well as sparing the cook exertion during the heat of the day. Those...


History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria in the Light of Recent Discovery
L. W. King
1421972050
Mar 2006
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Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
Lisa Wedeen
0226877884
June 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
In Syria, the image of President Hafiz al-Asad is everywhere. In newspapers, on television, and during orchestrated spectacles Asad is praised as the "father," the "gallant knight," even the country's "premier pharmacist." Yet most Syrians, including those who create the official rhetoric, do not believe its claims. Why would a regime spend scarce resources on a cult whose content is patently spurious?

Wedeen concludes that Asad's cult acts as a disciplinary device, generating a politics of public dissimulation in which citizens act as if they revered their leader. By inundating daily life with tired symbolism, the regime exercises a subtle, yet effective form of power. The cult works to enforce obedience, induce complicity, isolate Syrians from one another, and set guidelines for public speech and...


Damascus
Gerard Degeorge
2080304569
March 1, 2005
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Book Description
With over 300 original photographs, as well as charts, architectural plans, and reproductions of engravings and ancient watercolors, Damascus provides a rich and thorough introduction to the architectural and archeological history of one of the world's great cities. Weaving together aspects of history, sociology, religion, and law, Degeorge presents a unique perspective on the sights and monuments, allowing the reader a global view and a tangible sense of the successive civilizations in order to understand their mysteries.

In the introduction, the natural history and geography of the region are explored— elements crucial for a deeper understanding of Damascus's place on the world map and its situation on the major commercial routes. Relations with the West (the Greek and Roman empires, the Crusades, and...


Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam
Stanley Lane-Poole
0815412347
September 2002
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Book Description
This compelling biography focuses on the ruler's sagacity and intelligence, and explains why Saladin was a man admired--even by his enemies.


History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria in the Light of Recent Discovery
L. W. King
1421972069
Mar 2006
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History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume III
G. Maspero
1421972077
Mar 2006
Hardcover
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The New Lion of Damascus : Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria
David W. Lesch
0300109911
November 11, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
James L. Gelvin : "Having gained unprecedented access to the current president of Syria, the author has produced an extraordinarily readable and timely account deserving of a wide audience. Dr. Lesch is to be commended for doing for Bashar al-Asad what Patrick Seale did so well for his father."-James L. Gelvin, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert O. Freedman : "A first-rate analysis of the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the Bashar Asad regime, and Asad's mixed record in meeting these challenges."-Robert O. Freedman, Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science, Baltimore Hebrew University

Book Description
Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? Based on unique and...


Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Franz Werfel
0786711388
November 2002
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Book Description
This stirring, poignant novel, based on real historical events that made of actual people true heroes, unfolds the tragedy that befell the Armenian people in the dark year of 1915. The Great War is raging through Europe, and in the ancient, mountainous lands southwest of the Caspian Sea the Turks have begun systematically to exterminate their Christian subjects. Unable to deny his birthright or his people, one man, Gabriel Bagradian—born an Armenian, educated in Paris, married to a Frenchwoman, and an officer doing his duty as a Turkish subject in the Ottoman army—will strive to resist death at the hands of his blood enemy by leading 5,000 Armenian villagers to the top of Musa Dagh, "the mountain of Moses." There, for forty days, in the face of almost certain death, they will suffer the siege of a Turkish...


The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977
Gershom Gorenberg
080507564X
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. [Signature]Sarah F. GoldMidway through Gorenberg's revelatory account comes a striking irony, one of the many that emerge from this troubling history of Israeli settlements in the territories occupied after the 1967 Six Day War. In 1970, army commander Ariel Sharon said settlements would "wean the Arabs of the Gaza Strip from the illusion that we will eventually get out of there." Who could foresee that 35 years later, Prime Minister Sharon would bow to reality and spearhead the dismantling of those settlements and Israel's withdrawal from Gaza? The power of another illusion—the Israelis' belief that "creating facts" by establishing settlements, could cement their sovereignty over contested lands and help guarantee its security—is a defining element of this tragic tale. It's an...


History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume III
G. Maspero
1421972085
Mar 2006
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Warriors of God : Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
James Jr Reston
0385495617
May 15, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Throughout the medieval era, the Holy Land was a fiercely contested battlefield, fought over by huge Muslim and Christian armies, by zealots and assassins. The Third Crusade, spanning five years at the end of the 12th century, was, writes James Reston Jr. in this absorbing account, "Holy War at its most virulent," overseen by two great leaders, the Kurdish sultan Salah ad-Din, or Saladin, and the English king Richard, forevermore known as Lionheart.

Writing with a keen sense of historical detail and drama, Reston traces the complex path by which Saladin and Richard came to face each other on the field of battle. The Crusades, he observes, began "as a measure to redirect the energies of warring European barons from their bloody, local disputes into a 'noble' quest to reclaim the Holy Land from the 'infidel'." Of the five...



Studies in the History of the Roman Province of Syria
Gustave Adolphus Harrer
1597524638
Feb 2006
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The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades: Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi
H. A.R. Gibb
0486425193
February 2003
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Book Description
This outstanding work on the First Crusade was written by an Arab scholar from an old and respected family of Damascus. Well-educated in literature, theology and law, he was twice elected mayor of the city and died when he was over 90 years of age in 1160. His Chronicle, translated by H. A. R. Gibb, is of special interest because it presents a contemporary Arab account of how the Crusaders fared while in Damascus. Derived from oral and written reports, the information is remarkable for its documentation. An informative introduction sets the scene just prior to invasion by the Crusaders. Because this original work still retains much material unused by later compilers, it remains an indispensable resource for students of the early Crusades. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Luzac & Company,...


Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East
Robert G. Rabil
027599015X
February 28, 2006
Hardcover
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Review
“Syria is listed by the State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism. Rabil traces the history of its part in regional conflicts and its troubled relations with the United States. Feeling that Syria could become less secular and more fundamentalist if ostracized by Washington, he proposes the removal of its current designation, this being a pragmatic approach to the larger goal of peace. Well-presented evidence.”–Library Journal

Book Description
Ever since Syria won its independence from France in 1946, it has been a crucial player in Middle Eastern politics. Over the years, relations between the United States and Syria have fluctuated as Washington has tried to balance its commitment to Israel's security with its support for Arab regimes in order to protect vital...


Crusader Syria in the Thirteenth Century
Janet Shirley
1840146060
Aug 1999
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Fifty-Three Years in Syria (The Folio Archives Library)
Henry Harris Jessup
1859641709


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Syria
Jack F. Morrison
079106509X
September 2002
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Poetics, Politics And Protest in Arab Theatre
Mas'ud Hamdan
1845191064
May 2006
Hardcover
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The Great Syrian Revolt and the Rise of Arab Nationalism (Modern Middle East Series (Austin, Tex.))
Michael Provence
0292706804
August 1, 2005
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Book Description
The Great Syrian Revolt of 1925 was the largest and longest-lasting anti-colonial insurgency in the inter-war Arab East. Mobilizing peasants, workers, and army veterans, rather than urban elites and nationalist intellectuals, it was the first mass movement against colonial rule in the Middle East. The revolt failed to liberate Syria from French occupation, but it provided a model of popular nationalism and resistance that remains potent in the Middle East today. Each subsequent Arab uprising against foreign rule has repeated the language and tactics of the Great Syrian Revolt. In this work, Michael Provence uses newly released secret colonial intelligence sources, neglected memoirs, and popular memory to tell the story of the revolt from the perspective of its participants. He shows how Ottoman-subsidized military...


Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another, and Other Lessons from the Desert Fathers
Rowan Williams
1590302311
August 2005
Hardcover
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