About The Book:
Veteran journalist and Ottoman historian Michael Rank brings you a concise history of 2,000 years of Middle Eastern war, peace, religious upstarts, and social breakdowns in this exciting new book.
To most Westerners the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appear utterly bewildering. Palestinians want to bomb Israelis that force them at gunpoint to live in restricted parts of the country. Arab leaders are furious about this situation and want Israelis “wiped off the map” and their land given back to Palestinians, even though the real estate of the Holy Land looks something like rural Utah. And nearly all the world’s leaders see fit to chime in on this dispute, even though it’s over a chunk of land the size of New Jersey.
To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2,000 years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters. Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in 1948. They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events.
By the end you will know as much about Middle East history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you would after a year-long college course. You will also sound highly knowledgeable about world affairs to your friends and associates.
If you want to understand this part of the world completely in as short a time as possible, then “From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa” is for you!
Michael Rank is a doctoral candidate in Middle East history. He has studied
Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, and French but can still pull out a backwater
Midwestern accent if need be. He also worked as a journalist in Istanbul for
nearly a decade and reported on religion and human rights.
He blogs about history, religion, society, and culture at the website http://fiveminutecourses.com