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Cities of the Middle East and North Africa

A Historical Encyclopedia

by Michael R. T. Dumper and Bruce E. Stanley, Editors

 

Bustling cities with twisting streets and busy markets. Lush gardens, quiet courtyards, minarets flashing in the hot sun. The cities of the Middle East and North Africa evoke these vivid images, but the reality is often more prosaic, with problems of poverty, pollution, disenfranchisement, conflict, and poor infrastructure. What fascinating history lies behind these cities, and what are they like today?

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November 2006

ABC-CLIO

Pages 439
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
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The first work to offer 5,000 years of authoritative historical coverage of ancient and modern cities in the Middle East and North Africa—from their founding to the present—highlighting each city's cultural, social, political, and economic significance.

Cities of the Middle East and North Africa: A Historical Encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work on major ancient and modern cities in the Middle East and North Africa from their beginnings to today. In an unprecedented work of historical research, renowned experts Bruce Stanley and Michael Dumper provide 5,000 years of authoritative historical coverage as they trace the full trajectory of each city, discuss ties to other cities, and present a comparative analysis of the region through the lens of its cities.

The A–Z entries feature extensive information about each city's location, geography, demographics, climate and environmental issues, ancient and classical history, Islamic history, post–1800 C.E. history, architecture, religious significance, cultural issues, society, municipal features, economic issues, and contemporary trends. Introductory essays explore urban general history and historiography, urban planning and modernization, poverty, interaction between cities, social welfare, culture, identity issues, and the place of these cities within the world economy.

Features

  • Coverage of 100 ancient and modern cities in the Middle East and North Africa
  • 19 academic contributors from this region as well as from Europe and the United States
  • Annotated timeline locating cities within their historical and imperial contexts
  • 44 illustrations including the Venetian fortifications of Nicosia, the ziggurat in Ur, and the Silk Market in Cairo
  • 8 maps including an overview map of all the cities listed in the book and sub-regional maps to clarify their location

Highlights

  • Offers 5,000 years of historical coverage, highlighting each city's cultural, artistic, social, political, and economic significance, and providing an understanding of the development of urbanism in the region
  • Presents in one volume a full overview of each city's historical path, with a degree of detail lacking in most other sources
  • Goes beyond the conventional descriptions of the region to look at culture, political economy, and identity
  • Incorporates awareness of debates and controversies surrounding the study of the cities of the Middle East and North Africa
Author Info

Michael R. T. Dumper is reader in Middle East politics at the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, specializing in urbanism and religious institutions of the Middle East.

Bruce E. Stanley is provost at Huron University in London and a research fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, specializing in Middle East political economy and urbanization.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"This volume will be a good addition to any academic or large public library so patrons can learn more about the history and current issues affecting the MENA region."Booklist

"Recommended. All levels."Choice

"Cities of the Middle East and North Africa is a truly unique and fascinating resource for historical, socioeconomic, and cultural information on the major cities of the North African and Arab worlds. . . . [this work] is best suited for large public, college, and research libraries. It is highly recommended for these collections."Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Cities of the Middle East and North Africa: A Historical Encyclopedia is a top pick for the high school to college-level collection where courses in Middle Eastern or North Africa ar given."Midwest Book Review

"For academic libraries that support programs on the Islamic world and especially on the Middle East and Africa, this will be a welcome addition to their reference collections."Reference & User Services Quarterly

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