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From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History

From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa A Crash Course in Years of Middle East History Veteran journalist and Ottoman historian Michael Rank brings you a concise history of years of Middle Eastern war peace religious upstarts and social breakdowns in this exciting new book To m

  • Title: From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History
  • Author: Michael Rank
  • ISBN: 9781482772210
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 restVeteran 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 over the two tiny lands 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

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    1. For a journalist, Michael Rank's written English is pretty poor, though that unfortunately is pretty much the state of journalism today. The most egregious error being that Muhammed "taught his followers the major tenants of the religion." "Tenets", dammit! He's also inconsistent in the use of the prophet's name. The cover says "From Muham­med to Burj Khal­ifa…" while the title page gives: "From Muham­mad…"I'm uncomfortable about the way he addresses Islam in places. Why does Rank use d [...]

    2. It's not difficult to take the simple and make it complex; genius lies in taking the complex and simplifying it so it becomes useful.In From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa you'll find 2,000 years of people/places/politics/problems/progress - sorted out and delivered in highly digestible five-minute chunks. I've described this book to others as "simple without being simplistic." Especially because of the Arab Spring, many of us are paying attention to the history of the Middle East in ways we didn't be [...]

    3. This is a very manageable book relating to the history of the Middle East. It addresses major events and is great for someone who is curious or someone considering studying the area. It is about 100 pages, divided into small chapters that are quick and easy to read. This would be a great resource for homeschoolers and public school students.

    4. Great overview, but some of the important points were, in my opinion sketchy for instance: The primary idfference between Sunni and Shi'ah. I did learn some things, but feel I now need to verify some of the facts. (Which isn't a bad idea for something as complex as Middle Eastern history)I would recommend this as a starting place, not an overall authority on the subject.

    5. Good StarterA good overview but its brevity is also its downfall. With his 10 years in Turkey, some explanation of Turkey's quagmire would have been very helpful.

    6. First and as always, this arrived on my doorstep for free, this time courtesy of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite that very kind consideration, I will review it with absolute and dispassionate candor.When I signed up for this book I didn't read the description very closely and I expected a large, hardcover book that would take a few weeks to slog through. Honestly I was rather excited at the prospect so when this teeny thing showed up I was a bit put off. To its credit, it certainly is brief. No to [...]

    7. The sub title says it all, "A crash course in 2,000 years of middle east history." I am constantly reading and viewing news that involves the Middle East. My next door neighbors are a wonderful couple who grew up, and still have family, in Cairo. The news reports are confusing at best since my understanding of the politics and religion of the region is limited. I simply want to have enough information to be able to understand what is going on. What is going on is rooted in a long and convoluted [...]

    8. I received From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa as part of a giveaway.This small tome includes 25 short lessons on the Middle East, from its origins as a cultural and economic crossroads, through the rise of Islam, religious warfare, intervening periods of European and Ottoman imperialism, the establishment of Israel and resulting conflicts, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and totalitarian governments.At 100 pages, it's hardly an exhaustive history--author Rank notes that it's approximately equ [...]

    9. I received this book through the 's giveaways. Like previous reviewers have mentioned, this book needed a good grammar/punctuation check before publication. Honestly, I would've expected a bit more from an author who has experience working as a journalist. It was a tad bit distracting at times but I'm a bit OCD like that. As far as the content, this is not a comprehensive, in-depth history. You have quick, short chapters that begin with a key idea, why it matters to you, and then an explanation [...]

    10. This was a First Reads book from a giveaway. This title says it all: it is literally a crash course in Middle East History. In 100 pages, divided into 25 chapters of 3-5 pages apiece, the author hits the highlights and key issues in how the Middle East came to be over the past 2 millenia via political, religious, social, and militaristic means. As one who catches snippets of information about the Middle East in the news, this succinct book sheds some light on why things are the way they are. Th [...]

    11. A very quick overview of the history of middle east. It has been written recently so it includes arab spring and other recent middle eastern affairs. The author is a journalist who had spent enough time in the middle east and studied Arabic and other languages which makes his conclusions in the book more realistic. there are very few misunderstandings in some topics related to Medina and prophet Mohammed's tomb. Anyway, it is worth reading for those who what to understand middle eastern history [...]

    12. It was a book worth reading, and it was very quick! Mr. Rank simplifies such a complex and difficult situation so that the reader can attain a basic understanding of why the Middle East is such a volatile area. It will not give significant details, but I found that it peaked my interest in some of the surrounding issues. I also learned about some things that I was not previously aware of. All in all, an interesting book that is worth the couple of hours it takes to read for someone interested in [...]

    13. Had I known the book was going to be this elementary, I would not have bought it. The chapters are extremely brief. It seemed he wrote an outline for a book and then decided he wasn't really that interested in the subject. In addition, I found the writing a bit dry, and the "Here's what you should get out of this chapter" a little annoying. However, this is probably a good overview for those lacking much knowledge in this area.

    14. يبحث الكتاب باسلوب المؤلف السلس السهل تاريخ الشرق الأوسط كمنطقة جغرافية توالدت فيها اجيال من الحضارات وتعاقبت في حكمها اطياف مختلفة من الأمم والشعوب، فكانت سببا في تقدمها وتخلفها في آن. ويعرض المؤلف حقائق متنوعة نقلا عن كتب التاريخ والسياسة والاقتصاد ليعطي بذلك توليفة معل [...]

    15. Good basics of history in the area using broad strokes. Unfortunately, riddled with errors such as omitted words and commas, and (at least in my copy) a missing page of text between pgs 12 & 13 (13 starts mid sentence while 12 is the chapter title).

    16. This is what the title says: a crash course in the history of the Middle East. Each chapter is a lesson about a specific hisorical period and it did help me understand some of the things I feel I should know, but was confused about. Not a novel, just a learning opportunity.

    17. A Reader's Digest version of Middle Eastern history. The author equates reading this book to attending a year long college course in Middle Eastern history, which is ludacrous, but it was a nice starting point.

    18. This book was disappointing (partly because it took me less than an hour to read). Every chapter felt like a short introduction to that particular "lesson" and the author didn't talk about any topic extensively. I wish there had been a lot more information in this book.

    19. This book is a concise overview of the history of the Middle East. It is an interesting read for someone who knows little about how the Middle East has been shaped over time. It is however missing a page in the first chapter, where a paragraph begins mid sentence at the top of the page.

    20. For children and morons onlyWaste of time if you have a functioning brain and a simple grasp of history. If you IQ is under three digits this nonsense is for you. Waste of time and money!

    21. Un ottimo libro per chi non si è mai interessato all'Islam ma, visti i fatti di cronaca, vuole avere un'idea della sua complessità. Rank semplifica una storia di secoli e con innumerevoli sfaccettature rendendola fruibile a tutti. Un ottimo punto di partenza per uno studio più approfondito.

    22. Well I expected more than I got, so maybe that is why I'm disappointed. Chapters were short sum ups of events not really explanations so I don't feel like i learned much at all. His bibliography might be worth a read though for a list of books with substantial information to divulge.

    23. Great!Very informative! Great read to learn about the Middle East. I highly recommend this book to understand what is taking place.

    24. GreatGreat read!!Truly fantAstic and thought provoking insight into the Muslim history in the middle east. Definitely worth it to buy!

    25. When it says concise, it definitely means it - but this is a useful and interesting taster of Middle Eastern history.

    26. I learned a lot from this book, but it was a super cursory overview. Also I listened to it while I was making dinner one night.

    27. This was a decent overview of Islam but overview it is, so do not expect in-depth explorations in this book.

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