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The Middle East has been a theme in U.S. foreign policy for decades. Recent media attention has been on the clash between Islam and the West, but issues of territorial control and power are never far below the surface. These new titles give readers a historical overview of the region, appraisals of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and--reflecting the majority of recent titles on this subject--strong criticism of the current conflict in Iraq.
Karsh, Efraim. Islamic Imperialism: A History, Yale Univ. 2006. 320p. maps. index, ISBN 0-300-10603-3. $30.
Karsh (Mediterranean studies, King's Coil., London) summarizes the history of the Islamic world as the rise and occasional setbacks of an empire whose center has shifted over time. In this different …