ἱστορία: “inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation”
— the Ancient Greek word for “history”
Middle East Reads emerges in the wake of the demise of book review sections in many major daily newspapers and the often limited access to reviews offered by scholarly journals. We offer reviews, commentary and notice on books, monographs, or studies concerning three subject areas: Israel/Palestine and the continued viability of a two-state solution; the notions of intra-regional threats and domestic change in Iran and the GCC states; and, the spread of conventional arms and nuclear technology to the region. The role of the U.S. in the Middle East is always an overarching concern to all readers and is so highlighted, as well as how the EEU, Russia and China contribute to the region’s dynamics.
Our aim is threefold: (1) keep readers informed of newly released publications (or recollecting forgotten texts) issued from a variety of outlets; (2) offer thoughtful review and analysis of these writings; and (3), provide a depository of resources and commentary on the Middle East for researchers, journalists, students or the well informed citizen.