A History of the Middle East From Antiquity to the present Day
Garnet Publishing / 2010
Georges Corm's work on the contemporary Middle East and the relationship between Europe and the East is now essential reading. This concise account of the history of the Middle East from before Christianity and Islam to the present day is a vivid reminder of what Corm calls the "geology of cultures".
In order to paint a true picture of this incredibly complex part of the world, situated at the crossroads of three continents, the author examines the "geographical foundations" on which the Anatolian, Iranian, Mesopotamian and Egyptian empires were built. Such an approach avoids confusion between people with separate languages but who have remained in constant interaction: Iranians, Turks and Arabs, all now part of the "Islamic world".
The unfortunate dynamics of the relationship between the West and the Middle East, and the decline of this region over the past two centuries, are here clearly and objectively explained, taking into account social and economic factors usually overlooked in studies of Islam and the Muslim world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Georges Corm is a Lebanese economist and a historian. He is a consultant to various international associations and a university professor. He is the author of a number of books in French on the issues of development and the contemporary history of the Arab world and its relations with Europe. In English, he has published Fragmentation of the Middle East, The last 30years, Hutchinson, 1988, and is co-author of Debt and Development, Praeger, New York, 1982.