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Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age

Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age
Author: R. Stephen Humphreys
ISBN 13: 9780520246911
ISBN 10: 520246918
Edition: First Edition, Updated wi
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2005-11-16
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
List Price: $29.95


"Humphreys brings a historian's deep and dispassionate perspective to the modern Middle East.
In Between Memory and Desire, he poses incisive questions, elaborates convincing arguments and does not shy from tackling the prickliest of topics. All this is achieved with an eye for telling detail and a concise style that is rare in academic writing. . .. Humphreys's work is in the best tradition of writing on foreign cultures. Objective yet sympathetic, scholarly yet accessible, his book ends up revealing as much about our own society as about those it describes."—Max Rodenbeck, New York Times Book Review

In this sober and highly informative book, Humphreys introduces educated readers to the nuances of Middle Eastern political and social discourse. He goes behind the headlines and offers a sophisticated and yet accessible analysis of Islamic polity for Western readers."—Library Journal

"'People know a lot of things that aren't so,' warns Stephen Humphreys, and then he tells us all we should really know about the Middle East—a vast, complex, and frequently misunderstood universe. It is a rare achievement that combines erudition, compelling writing, and personal experience."—Meron Benvenisti, author of City of Stone

New York Times Book Review

"An objective yet sympathetic, scholarly yet accessible work.