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Middle East Summaries

From Turkey via the Gulf States to Iran: The Middle East is a mine field – but it’s also a gold mine.

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Start-Up Nation
Book
 

Dan Senor and Saul Singer

Twelve, 2009

(8)

Understanding Arabs
Book
 

Margaret K. (Omar) Nydell

Intercultural Press, 2002

(9)

Twilight in the Desert
Book
 

Matthew R. Simmons

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005

(9)

A Concise History of the Middle East
Book

Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. and Lawrence Davidson

Westview Press, 2005

(7)

Thicker than Oil
Book
 

Rachel Bronson

Oxford UP, 2006

(8)

Blackwater
Book
 

Jeremy Scahill

Nation Books, 2007

(9)

Worldwide Cost of Living 2014
Report

The Economist Intelligence Unit

EIU, 2/2014

(7)

From Beirut to Jerusalem
Book
 

Thomas L. Friedman

FSG, 1995

(8)

Longitudes and Attitudes
Book

Thomas L. Friedman

FSG, 2002

(10)

Treacherous Alliance
Book
 

Trita Parsi

Yale UP, 2007

(9)

The Al Jazeera Phenomenon
Book

Mohamed Zayani

Pluto Press, 2005

(9)

America's Secret War
Book

George Friedman

Doubleday Broadway, 2004

(9)

The Great Arab Conquests
Book
 

Hugh Kennedy

Da Capo Press, 2007

(8)

The Looming Tower
Book
 

Lawrence Wright

Knopf, 2006

(9)

Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014
Report

World Economic Forum

WEF, 11/2013

(9)

Marketing in the Emerging Markets of Islamic Countries
Book

Marin Marinov

Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

(8)

Israeli Corporate Tax Policy
Report

Alex Brill

AEI, 6/2013

(6)

Oil Titans
Book

Valerie Marcel and John V. Mitchell

Brookings Institution Press, 2006

(8)

Inheriting Syria
Book
 

Flynt Leverett

Brookings Institution Press, 2005

(7)

Saudi Arabia
Report

International Monetary Fund

IMF, 7/2013

(8)

Understanding Islamic Finance
Book

Muhammad Ayub

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007

(8)

Middle East

Three letters define the Middle East’s influence on global business: oil. With nations such as Kuwait, Iran and Saudi Arabia leading the way, the Middle East economy thrives on the production and exportation of oil. Though some Middle East countries are attempting to diversify their economic infrastructures, petroleum remains the lifeblood of the region. Though any examination of commerce in the Middle East must account for the role of oil, our summaries also include a critical look at the region’s often-volatile political predispositions.

getAbstract shows how political, philosophical and social differences between the West and Middle East significantly affect business relationships. In addition, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the last decade or so has further complicated the picture. Plus, a majority of the Arab nations find America’s political and economical alliance with Israel intolerable.

History Lessons

A number of summaries in this category attempt to provide a historical perspective on the region. You’ll learn how Shari’ah law governs Islamic finance. You’ll gain insight into the origins of the conflict between Iran and Israel and the role the United States plays. You’ll also discover why innovation and entrepreneurship drives the Israeli economy and fosters technological and scientific breakthroughs.

getAbstract is a particularly valuable resource when you’re trying to make sense of a difficult concept or issue. You may not find all the answers to your Middle East questions, but you’ll certainly be headed in the right direction.