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The Levant : a fractured mosaic

Author: William W Harris
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Markus Wiener Publishers, 2015. ©2005
Series: Princeton series on the Middle East.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth edition, completely revised and expandedView all editions and formats
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At the outset of the 21st century, perhaps the most interesting feature of the Levant (in Arabic, Bilad al-Sham), in the midst of an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim Arab world, is the command of the entire coastal zone from Cilicia south to Sinai either by non-Arabs or by Arabs who are not Sunni Muslims. The reality overshadows the Levantine interior. In the central Levant the mountain has come to town with the Alawi  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William W Harris
ISBN: 1558766030 9781558766037 1558766022 9781558766020
OCLC Number: 907957446
Description: xiv, 244 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: The strategic geography of the Levant. Vulnerable frontiers ; Strategic plot ; Internal fragmentation ; Population growth, limited resources, compressed space ; Panorama: from the Romans to the Ottomans --
Rome, Islam, and Byzantium. The Roman Levant ; Umayyads and 'Abbasids ; The Byzantine-Fatimid standoff ; Seljuk Turkish intervention --
Conclusion --
Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans. Crusaders and Muslims ; Mamluk supremacy ; The Ottoman Levant ; Conclusion ; The Jews of the Levant from the Islamic conquest to Zionism --
The modern Levant. Overview, 1918-2002 ; Israel, the Palestinians, and the Arabs ; The Arab Levant states ; Turkey in the Levant: the new Byzantium? --
Syrian conflagration, 2011-2014. Contours of catastrophe ; Responsibility ; Evolution of the crisis ; Dilemmas for Turkey and Lebanon ; The southern Levant ; On the horizon.
Series Title: Princeton series on the Middle East.
Responsibility: William Harris.

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Perched between three continents - Africa, Asia, and Europe - the Levant is a crossroads of world history. This completely revised edition includes a special chapter on the convulsion in Syria since  Read more...

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