From the birth of Christianity to the modern era, renowned historian and Princeton professor Bernard Lewis charts the history of the Middle East. Elegantly written and accessible, this comprehensive volume paints a varied and intriguing portrait of a region steeped in traditionalism even while geography and politics force change upon it. With wit and gravity, sympathy and objectivity, the author explores the cultural currents that for 2,000 years have flowed across the broad territory spanning Morocco to the Central Asian steppes. He covers fascinating details like transformations in clothing to earth-shaking events like the Mongol conquest. And he considers the future of the region where ancient patterns and conflicts seem destined to repeat themselves. Bernard Lewis draws from a multitude of sources including the work of archaeologists and scholars to create this chronological look at the Middle East. Richard M. Davidson's thoughtful performance leads you on a search through the past for answers to questions that will inevitably arise in the future.
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"In light of current events this audio could not come at a better time. It is full of exactly the kind of information we need at the moment to help us make informed decisions based on real comprehension of the issues. Brief it might be by comparison, yet there is still a wealth of detail here that requires careful listening. It is well worth the effort. Lewis takes you from the very birth of Muhammad straight through to the prevailing problems in Palestine. It's a pleasure to discover how advanced Islam was in science, literature, and government and how moderate and tolerant as compared to, say, medieval Europe. Richard Davidson dus an admirable job with the material. He achieves a proper balance between melodrama and a flat monotone rendering which can be a problem with nonfiction audio. He sounds interested all the time. His fine voice moves smoothly over many difficult pronunciations, which helps the listener not get bogged down in foreign names and places. This is a good reason to choose the audio over the book in some cases, and this timely subject can use all the leavening of understanding it can get. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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