Review by Choice Review
With contributions by about 400 scholars of various specializations, Mattar (editor of Encyclopedia of the Palestinians, 2000) has revised and updated some 3,000 articles covering 23 countries in a misunderstood and maligned region. Coverage includes culture and society, religion and ethnicity, history and politics, war and treaties, geography, and economics, generally from 1800 to the present. The work emphasizes countries or issues specifically relevant to Western readers, such as Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, the Palestine problem, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The signed entries are arranged alphabetically with cross-references; most are followed by a useful bibliography and supplemented by high-resolution black-and-white photographs and by maps. About a third of the entries are biographical sketches, including nearly 200 new entries for women and their organizations. Various helpful features include a concise synoptic outline of entries, a list of maps, a roster of contributors including affiliations and specializations, genealogical charts, a glossary, and a comprehensive index. An open gateway to current knowledge about an important region in world affairs. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All reference collections. F. H. Dagher Columbia University
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Review by Library Journal Review
This second edition of a work that originally appeared in 1996 contains nearly 600 new entries, 1000 updates, a new glossary, and a list of maps. Veteran users will be familiar with the encyclopedia's factual coverage of the Middle East's modern history by well-respected scholars in areas ranging from political science to religion and anthropology. The new edition is consistent in its nonpartisan presentation, and users will appreciate finer enhancements, such as more extensive cross-referencing and improved indexing. Most impressive, however, are changes in terminology that don't skirt around sensitive topics such as terrorism, female genital mutilation, anti-Semitism, and homosexuality. Bottom Line An invaluable reference source worth updating, this is recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Ethan P. Pullman, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.