Download Rituals of Islamic Monarchy: Accession and Succession in the by Andrew Marsham PDF

By Andrew Marsham

The Ritual of Accession in Early Islam presents a heritage of the rite of the oath of allegiance to the caliph from the time of the Prophet Muhammad till the fragmentation of the caliphate within the past due 9th and 10th centuries.The learn of royal rituals of accession and succession in Christian Rome, Byzantium and the early Medieval West has generated an intensive literature. This has besides the fact that remained unexplored in scholarship at the Islamic international. This publication redresses that via interpreting the ceremonial of accession to the caliphate in early Islam, overlaying where of formality in political perform, adjustments and continuities in that perform and the matter of the way most sensible to appreciate bills of formality. It additionally bargains a contribution to significant, present debates in Islamic historical past: the improvement of Arab-Muslim id and the formation of the 'Islamic state'.

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Download Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam by John Nixon PDF

By John Nixon

In December 2003, after one of many greatest, such a lot competitive manhunts in heritage, US army forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein close to his fatherland of Tikrit. Beset by means of body-double rumors and fake alarms in the course of a nine-month seek, the Bush management wanted confident id of the prisoner ahead of it will possibly make the statement that may rocket round the world.
on the time, John Nixon used to be a senior CIA management analyst who had spent years learning the Iraqi dictator. known as upon to make the respectable identification, Nixon hunted for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and requested Hussein a listing of questions in simple terms he may perhaps resolution. the guy was once certainly Saddam Hussein, yet as Nixon realized within the resulting weeks, either he and the USA had enormously misunderstood simply who Saddam Hussein fairly was.
Debriefing the President provides an stunning, candid portrait of 1 of our era’s so much infamous strongmen. Nixon, the 1st guy to behavior a chronic interrogation of Hussein after his seize, bargains professional perception into the historical past and brain of America’s such a lot enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s management from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing classes and in this case strips away the mythology surrounding an both brutal and intricate guy. His account isn't really an apology, yet a sobering exam of the way preconceived principles led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and remarkable, Debriefing the President exposes a basic misreading of 1 of the trendy world’s so much imperative figures and offers a brand new narrative that boldly counters the bought account.

"A damning indictment of the perversion of an immense intelligence provider by way of little minds within and above it." –The occasions of London

“That a CIA officer may still carry energy to account in a memoir is rare, and patriotic. John Nixon has performed so with perception and elegance. Debriefing The President is a web page turner of historic end result — good news for the republic in treacherous times.” – Nick McDonell, writer of Twelve and the tip of significant wrestle Operations

"Nixon captures the mental give-and-take of those exchanges [with Saddam Hussein] with gripping readability...and he describes the consequent verbal sparring with a pointy ear for nuance." – Steve Donoghue, The Christian technology Monitor

"Mr. Nixon, the 1st C.I.A. officer to interrogate Hussein after his seize in December 2003, unearths gobsmacking evidence approximately that deposed Iraqi chief that elevate new questions about why the us afflicted to invade Iraq to oust him from energy. those information will most likely appall americans who've watched their nation’s blood and treasure wasted in Iraq ever since…. extra generally, Mr. Nixon bargains a stinging indictment of the C.I.A. and what he sees because the agency’s dysfunctional technique for delivering intelligence to the president and different coverage makers…. Mr. Nixon’s e-book comes at a unprecedented second, whilst President-elect Donald J. Trump is already at battle with the C.I.A….“Debriefing the President” will upload gas to the fireplace of the Trump-led feedback. it's going to additionally ship a chilling caution to someone hoping on the C.I.A. to face as much as Mr. Trump as soon as he's in office.” – James Risen, the hot York Times

“Gripping…Nixon’s ebook, Debriefing the President, offers extra ammunition to the skeptics; certainly, a few of its contents can merely be defined as sensational.” – John Cassidy, the hot Yorker

"A interesting glimpse of the "tough, intelligent, manipulative" chief and his perspectives at the U.S. invasion, Iraqi heritage, and his personal position within the heart East...An clever and readable postscript to the Iraq warfare that might be invaluable for destiny historians."
--Kirkus (starred overview)

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Download War: A Matter of Principles by Air Marshal David Evans (auth.) PDF

By Air Marshal David Evans (auth.)

The writer has performed a looking evaluation of the foundations promulgated via the British and American Defence Forces, so that it will investigate their carrying on with validity and relevance to war within the overdue Nineteen Nineties and the twenty first century. Recognising that ideas should be utilized by way of commanders to satisfy particular occasions within the box he extends this examine to include management and coaching for management and command. within the ultimate bankruptcy he addresses the ethical duties of these exercise command in their fellow countrymen and different assigned forces.

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Download Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan by Steven Salaita PDF

By Steven Salaita

Steven Salaita's bold and thought-provoking paintings compares the dynamics of settler colonialism within the usa regarding local american citizens with the conditions in Israel on the topic of the Palestinians, revealing the way politics impacts literary creation.

The author's unique technique relies no longer on similarities among the 2 disparate settler areas yet really on similarities among the rhetoric hired via early colonialists in North the USA and that hired by way of Zionist immigrants in Palestine. Meticulously analyzing histories, theories, and literary depictions of colonialism and interethnic dialects, Salaita identifies the commonalities within the myths hired by means of either teams in addition to the "counter-discourse" cultivated within the literature of resistance via local peoples. He enhances his research with own observations of Palestinians in Lebanese shelter camps, the place he encountered a sympathetic notion of yank Indians.

The Holy Land in Transit offers one of many first intercommunal reports to evaluate the ways that indigenous authors react to analogous colonial dynamics. With nice strength and belief the writer bargains a clean contribution to an rising body of reference for ancient, political, literary, and cultural research.

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Download U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Role of Lobbies by Janice Terry PDF

By Janice Terry

Millions of greenbacks are spent each year through businesses and detailed curiosity teams trying to impression executive coverage. They paintings backstage, lobbying politicians to symbolize their pursuits. From tobacco businesses, to strength businesses, from anti-abortion campaigners to civil rights campaigners, the record is substantial. And nowhere is their impression extra keenly felt than at the factor of the center East.

Israel is America's key best friend within the center East, and is helping hold U.S. dominance within the sector. This booklet exhibits how pro-Israeli lobbyists and family curiosity teams were highly winning in growing executive and monetary help for Israel. against this, Arab-American teams and Arab governments have had much less luck maintaining their agencies.

Janice J. Terry exhibits how specific curiosity teams paintings, and why convinced lobbying concepts are more desirable than others. She units this in the wider cultural context, exhibiting how the U.S. media -- and most of the people -- view the center East.

To clarify how lobbies paintings, Terry attracts on case reports together with the Sinai accords and Camp David lower than Presidents Ford and Carter, the clash among eco-friendly and Turkish lobbies over Cyprus, and the key crusade opposed to the Arab boycott.

Making use of basic resources, and unpublished fabric from quite a few presidential libraries, it is a attention-grabbing exposé of the function that foyer teams fairly play in identifying U.S. overseas coverage within the heart East. it will likely be of curiosity to scholars of yankee politics and heart East studies.

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Download Reviving Phoenicia: The Search for Identity in Lebanon by Asher Kaufman PDF

By Asher Kaufman

Reviving Phoenicia follows the social, highbrow and political improvement of the Phoenician fantasy of beginning in Lebanon from the center of the 19th century to the tip of the 20 th. Asher Kaufman demonstrates the function performed through the lay, liberal Syrian-Lebanese who resided in Beirut, Alexandria and the US in the direction of the tip of the 19th century within the delivery and dissemination of this fable. Kaufman investigates the an important position Phoenicianism occupied within the formation of higher Lebanon in 1920. He additionally explores the way in which the Jesuit Order and the French experts propagated this fable throughout the mandate years. The e-book additionally analyzes literary writings of other Lebanese who endorsed this fable, and of others who hostile it. ultimately, Reviving Phoenicia presents an summary of Phoenicianism from independence in 1943 to the current, demonstrating that regardless of the final objection to this delusion, a few elements of it entered mainstream Lebanese nationwide narratives. Kaufman's paintings might be important studying for a person attracted to the beginning of recent Lebanon as we all know it today.

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