Keys to Understanding the Middle East
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Keys to Understanding the Middle East

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Table of Contents
  • Keys to Understanding the Middle East
    • Cover images:
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Approach of this book
  • Introduction
  • A Note on Language
  • Defining the Middle East
  • Common Misconceptions
  • Chapter One : Languages
    • Languages
    • Linguistic Groups
    • Arabic’s Influence in the Region
    • Islamic Expansion
  • Chapter Two: Faith and Religious Identity
    • Faith and Religious Identity
    • Diverse Religious Identities of the Middle East
    • Religious Diversity
    • Islam in Middle Eastern Societies
    • What is Shar'ia Law?
    • Religious Pluralism
    • Prayer, A Part of Daily Life for Muslims Around the World
    • Shi'ism
    • The Mystical Tradition of Sufism, or Tasawwuf
    • Who are the Salafis/Wahabis?
  • Chapter Three: The Middle East and the Impact of Imperialism
    • The Middle East and the Impact of Imperialism
    • Defining the Term “Middle East”
    • National Borders as Foreign Intervention
    • The Impact of Imperialism on the Region
    • Modernization Versus Westernization
    • Gamal Abdul Nasser and Non-Alignment
    • Nation States and Stateless Nations
    • The U.S. and Post-Bandung Imperial Dominance
  • Conclusion
    • Conclusion
  • About the Authors
  • Cited Sources
  • The Middle East Studies Center at the Ohio State University
  • Glossary
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