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By Fred Halliday

Fred Halliday writes: 'The Arab heart East is without doubt one of the such a lot misunderstood of all areas; the only with the longest historical past of touch with the west; but it really is most likely the only least understood. a part of the misperception is because of the romantic mythology that has lengthy seemed to shroud the deserts of the peninsula. the place outdated myths have damaged down, new ones have absorbed them or taken their position. Now the Sheikh of Arabia has stepped down from his camel. as an alternative, in the course of the delusive lens of the 'energy concern' he's noticeable to be driving a Cadillac and squeezing the powerless Western shopper of oil.' First released within the Nineteen Seventies, Arabia with out Sultans keeps its validity for the current because it analyses the Arabian peninsula and Iran in the international context of western post-colonial method and the political economic system of oil. Halliday bargains an intensive learn of the background, the politi and the economi of this quarter in an formidable, encompassing and unique demeanour. This vintage paintings is still necessary for college kids, academi, and all those that desire to have a better figuring out of the Arabian peninsula. 'A well-documented paintings, written via an writer who is familiar with the language of the area.' Maxime Rodinson 'Halliday offers an strange view-point and a well-documented description of the background of those states.' center East foreign 'Anyone drawn to this sector probably want to learn this.' overseas Affairs 'A Most worthy account of the advancements that have taken position within the Arab Gulf during the last hundred years.' Tariq Ali

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