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"Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes." (Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of Books)
Nasr outlines the contours of the sectarian divisions in the Middle East without any of the self serving biases and ideological distortions I have found so frustrating in 90% of the discussions about the Middle East we hear in the West.
I am definitely moving on to Nasr's more recent book, 'The Dispensable Nation' next.
Most likely not. I thought this book was a great primer on the history of Shia/Sunni relations in the Gulf, but it is does not put forth any truly unique or original way of viewing the region that I feel needs revisiting. This book is a great primer, but not an exhaustive source of information. I haven't decided to purchase a print copy of this book to use as a reference as I have for other audio books I've listened to.
Nasr's wide regional scope, and relatively narrow focus (Sunni/Shia relations) allows for a better analysis of regional trends than many other works which tend to focus solely on the history of a single nation or a single war/political event.
Yes, but I love history in general so that's not much of a surprise!
The audio version is poor, because the narrator butchers all the names, places and concepts with his terrible pronunciation. He needs to prepare himself better and learn how to pronounce these words, so he does not at times even alter the meaning of the words.
The content of the book is superb, but this narration is a disaster.
The explanation of the differences between the sects.
The narrator could learn to pronounce what he is reading.
No. I do not find this question relevant. It made me think and it made me interested in finding out more.
I love to learn, grow and evolve as an being!
YES, A++ The author Vali Nasr Does EXCELLENT Job of simplifying such a complex issue. Very thoughtful and really unbiased. More of a historical perspective of how we got to where we are today. Makes a very complicated issue easier to understand. He has a very good “deep” understanding of this topic and looks at many angles and issues. Perfect for someone who wants to better understand the geo-religious- politics of the Middle East.
its the truth
I've read over 100 books and this is the #1
the deep details
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by this thoughtful book.
I really liked this as it was clear and accessible. The pronunciation of the reader was terrible but my knowledge is not sufficient to make it really annoying. The emphasis on US interests in the book was a reflection of the writers role in the US. That part is not to my taste but still it was a good book.
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