Home to the cradle of civilization the middle east interchangeable with west asia or the near east has seen many of the worlds oldest cultures and civilizations this history started from the earliest human settlements continuing through several major pre and post islamic empires through to the nation states of the middle east today. A brief history of the middle east christopher catherwood on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers for over a millennium the islamic empires were ahead of the west in learning technology and medicine. For 70 years the middle east institute has operated as one of the preeminent centers for middle east research in washington dc the institute was founded in 1946 by a group of prominent scholars and statesmen who recognized the need for accurate rigorous scholarship in a rapidly changing post war . A comprehensive history from the worlds foremost authority on the middle east in a sweeping and vivid survey renowned historian bernard lewis charts the history of the middle east over the last 2000 years from the birth of christianity through the modern era focusing on the successive transformations that have shaped it. This book could be more aptly titled to the effect of a a brief overview of christopher catherwoods personal opinions about middle eastern politics it is for that reason that reading this book was a rather disappointing experience for me although informative at a surface level this book is
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