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Fear and faith in paradise : exploring conflict and religion in the Middle East

Author: Phil Karber
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2012.
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From life along the Tigris River in the 1970s to the ongoing Arab Spring uprisings, Phil Karber has witnessed decades of change throughout the Middle East. Fear and Faith in Paradise draws on his wealth of experience to sketch a timely and compelling portrait of the region throughout history. Going beyond the endless images of terrorism and war, he challenges pervasive stereotypes of Muslims and delves into the  Read more...
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Karber, Phil.
Fear and Faith in Paradise : Exploring Conflict and Religion in the Middle East.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012
Named Person: Phil Karber; Phil Karber
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Karber
ISBN: 9781442214798 1442214791 1442214783 9781442214781
OCLC Number: 798903011
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 341 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Prologue: A moment of opportunity --
Introduction: Terror in the name of God --
Part I: Wars of choice. Be nice to Americans ; Refugees from Iraq and Lebanon flee to Syria --
Holy fools and the Red Crescent ; Made in America ; Warlords and a Lebanese prophet ; Poppy fields, McDonald's, Armageddon, and the Loire Valley ; Hezbollah and U.S. cluster bombs ; Istanbul : ground zero in the clash of civilizations ; Bombs away on the PKK ; The Peshmerga and Mercy Corps ; Refugees, water, schools, clinics, and wheelchairs ; It's the oil, Habibi, the oil ; The sunshine peddler's parlor game ; Saying boo! to the bogeyman --
Part II: A theocracy. A wall of mistrust ; Coca-Cola and KFC in Tehran ; Desert gardens, Imam Hussein, and the eternal flame ; King of kings in wine country ; Fear and faith in paradise --
Part III: Shadow and light : an Arab Spring. Morocco and the February 20 Movement ; The Jasmine Revolution --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Phil Karber.

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From life along the Tigris River in the 1970s to the ongoing Arab Spring uprisings, Phil Karber has witnessed decades of change throughout the Middle East. Fear and Faith in Paradise draws on his wealth of experience to sketch a timely and compelling portrait of the region throughout history. Going beyond the endless images of terrorism and war, he challenges pervasive stereotypes of Muslims and delves into the living history and cultures of Arabs, Turks, Kurds, Persians, Jews, Tunisians, Moroccans, Armenians, and others. Seamlessly moving between past and present, Karber skillfully develops two overarching themes: How America's footprint can be shifted from a military to a humanitarian emphasis and how fear is used as a cudgel by today's monotheistic leaders to sacrifice the faithful. Whether Christian, Muslim, or Jewish, they all invoke their own vision of paradise, often as incentive, in hopeless conflicts that seem doomed to be repeated. Karber's down-to-earth writing vividly conveys the region's charm and beauty against a backdrop of power struggles among competing faiths, nationalisms, and outside forces.

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