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ethan's Musing on the Near East - Page 166
Asad by Patrick Seale
Demystifying Syria by Fred Lawson
The Struggle for Power in Syria by van Dam
King Abdullah, Britain and the making of Jordan by Wilson
King Hussein: A Political Life by Ashton
The Making of Jordan by Alon
Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen by Kandil
Inside the Mirage by Lippman
The Other Saudis by Matthiesen
The International Relations of the Persian Gulf by Gause
Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks by White
Blood and Belief by Marcus
I can't help you with books about the actual religion but Islam and Politics by Mandaville is excellent.
I've been listening to some of this chick's experimental electronic music, but the melody in this song is just stunningly beautiful. Apart from the title...and the obvious words like qalbi etc....I get some idea...but I'd love to properly know what it's about.
Go to Amazon and search for "Sykes Picot*". Pick one or more of the results based on the specific issues that interest you.
Is very good. Pity it hadn't been published before the Russians moved in, or we in the West got involved. This is also good on Afghanistan http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520245532
Aside from training ISIS top leader we are now also helping them by bombing Syrian forces.
Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting.
مش عارفين إير مين بطيز مين