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2.0 étoiles sur 5Arab-Iranian Relations.4 août 2001
Par Daniel Pipes, Middle East Forum, Philadelphia - Publié sur Amazon.com
The editor claims that this is the first book of its sort, and he is no doubt right, just as he is right to assert that "the theoretical joinder between Arabs and Iranians is of far broader sort than that exists between Arabs and other neighboring states." Confirming this observation, a large number of leading intellectual and cultural figures from the Arab countries and Iran fill a hefty tome with serious analysis of their connections. A few essays deal with the long historical record; a much greater number take up current issues. Their topics include bilateral politics (governmental signals, territorial disputes), international topics (the "Middle East order," Kurdish and Palestinian issues), and domestic matters (women, economics, civil society, textbooks). Unfortunately, what could be a highly innovative collection of essays is marred by two main drawbacks. First, many of the writers are constrained by their governments to parrot the official line; and so than a few of the essays sound like propaganda tracts. Second, the study has an explicitly activist agenda (for Arabs to look at Iran "as a part of the Islamic strategic depth to the Arab nation") that puts a premium on getting along, no matter what tensions must be buried to do so. Symbolic of this, Ghoulam Ali Haddad Adel of Iran writes approvingly that Iranian textbooks never ascribed the "slaughter" of Iranian visitors and pilgrims in Iraq to "Arab fanaticism"; a coy formulation that permits Adel to appear broadminded even as he criticizes Arabs. Only when the participants are free to express their own views, and to do so disinterestedly, will the quality of such a project as this one notably improve.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5Interesting Perspectives7 mai 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book represents a significant effort to bring together two groups that rarely meet to address the issues that both bind and divide them. The articles in this edited volume were written for presentation at a conference in 1995 on the same subject and they reflect serious efforts by participants from both groups to reach new levels of understanding. Each area of discussion is addressed by an Arab and an Iranian writer, which lends a sense of balance not often found in scholarly works of this type. The topics addressed include border and territorial disputes, civil society, media and schoolbook portrayals of each side, economic and political ties, and others. With so many books addressing relations between the West and other parts of the world, this volume is refreshing both in concept and subject matter. While it is not for those new to the Middle East, it can provide specialists with useful perspectives and information about this important relationship.