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Default What are you reading ?

June 28th, 2008, 12:09
I think I've found my guru.

From now on, whenever the Middle East comes up in P&R, I'll simply post a page reference.

The book in question is called The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East, and the author is one Olivier Roy. He says everything I want to say on the topic, only he says it way better and backs it up with a lifetime of research. The book is only about 160 pages in large print; it takes about four hours to read.

If I could force people to read (and understand) a single book on the Middle East, political Islam, and the West's position relative to them, this would be it.

[ http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-2…he-middle-east ]

(Interesting little factoids there too, btw. For example, I didn't know that Al Qaeda's current spokesman in Pakistan, Adam Yahiye Gadahn, is a Californian formerly known as Adam Pearlman…)
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