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Anis Shivani

Anis Shivani

Posted: December 24, 2010 09:12 AM

These were some books that really made a mark this year in raising political consciousness about crucial issues. From U.S.-Arab relations to the meanings of "health," from the corporatization of the academy to the fault lines in the global economy, these books make a significant contribution in clarifying the deeper context of the news of the day.

Ussama Makdisi, 'Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations 1820-2003' (Public Affairs)
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Rice University historian Ussama Makdisi, one of the rising stars in Middle Eastern studies, rejects the notion of a civilizational clash between the Arab wold and America. Arabs used to hold a favorable view of America until well into the twentieth century, yet misguided American policies have caused alienation that persists to this day. Exploring the history before the current stasis offers a much-needed way forward to revive mutual trust and admiration.
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