A major theme in Arab Voices is the misadventures of the United States in the Mideast. The book will bring into stark relief the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding this important people. Although there is an urgent need for all of us to understand this part of the world in great depth, I personally do not feel this book would be the place to start. Great polling research supports all of the points put forth by James Zogby in this book. The book will bring into stark relief the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding this important people. When we look at the Arab World more closely and listen to Arabs more carefully, we learn that this region and its people are not as they have been imagined by Hollywood or projected by political ideologues with an axe to grind.
What I found useful this time through is the Resources appendix in the back! There were hundreds of people wounded, Muslims, Palestinians, Christian Lebanese and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The book brings into relief the myths, assumptions and the biases that have held the West from understanding people from the East. The book will bring into stark relief the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding this important people. Not only are there diverse sub-cultures and unique histories that give texture to life, making Egyptians different than Saudis or Lebanese. He is Chair of the party's Ethnic Council and most recently and notably served on the Unity and Reform Commission. They share different concerns and aspire to different goals than their parents. Zogby on twitter at: www.
I love polling and not merely because my brother John is the business. And learning is important, because for too long our understanding of this region and its peoples have been clouded by distorted stereotypes and myths. This is an important book to read for anyone who wants to understand Muslim thinking and Mideast policy. To succeed in the Middle East, the United States needs to listen more to actual Arab voices, and not let preconceived myths about the Muslim world dictate policy. Zogby's analysis of cases where willful ignorance and bias have botched U.
How long will the file be downloaded? Generally, however unjust the outcome, refugees, when they survived, found a place in the world. James Zogby is founder and president of the Washington, D. A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U. This has been a fundamental tenet of the neo-conservatives. And learning is important, because for too long our understanding of this region and its peoples have been clouded by distorted stereotypes and myths. Lots of well-researched information for those who haven't really been keeping up with the Arab world.
This book purports to be aimed at clarifying Arab and Muslim attitudes regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, and the War on Terror including the Iraq war. Zogby is 100% right in claiming this is because we don't listen to Arab voices, and make little effort to understand. For example, the Palestinian issue page 78 is no more important than the Iraqi issue and in a ranking of issues by importance page 114 — the Palestinian issue rates only 7th for Moroccan respondents, only 6th for Egyptians, 3rd for Lebanese, 3rd for Saudi Arabians and 2nd for respondents in the United Arab Emirates. Straight-talking but never strident, he discusses prejudice against Arabs and the desperate need for basic understanding--too often deliberately discouraged by hostile domestic influences--about Arab peoples, their history, language, culture, aspirations. It's hard to deny the validity of Zogby's larger argument. This belief, inculcated by Arab media, mosques and schools, is met essentially with silence from James Zogby.
His thoughts as an Arab American leader are timely and very helpful in understanding the position the Arab world is in at this time in our history. The author seems to have the best intentions and is doing whatever he can to promote a greater understanding of the Arab culture. In the surveys, no questions were asked that could bring this to light. The whole story is not here An author can tell 95% of a story, when the other 5% changes the whole picture. Duke University speech on October 14, 2004.
James Zogby is a proud American that shows, in a certain dry, political and policy oriented manner, the importance of humanism and the importance of listening when dealing with foreign policy of the United States. The answer is in the Qur'an. Arab Voices asks the questions, collects the answers, and shares the results that will help us see Arabs clearly. Generally, a Muslim can never answer a question that would in any way make Islam look bad. Generally, a Muslim can never answer a question that would in any way make Islam look bad. Reading the broad generalizations and crude caricatures of Arabs found in Raphael Patai's Arab Mind used as a training manual by the U.
As a longtime correspondent in the Middle East, I was often struck by the fact that ambassadors from China and Russia, as well as Britain, often spoke beautiful, classical Arabic. Religious programs are near the bottom of the list. I bought this book when the author came to speak at my undergraduate school a few years ago. What I found useful this time through is the Resources appendix in the back! In Iraq, the United States Army often lacked the Arabic translators desperately needed to decipher documents captured from insurgents who were planting hidden explosive devices that killed and maimed American soldiers by the hundreds. I've read this before, around when I took International Relations a few semesters ago.
Duke University speech on October 14, 2004. Other Christian Arab Americans hold views opposite to those of Zogby, for example, Brigitte Gabriel, who, like Zogby, is an American Arab of Lebanese Maronite Christian descent. Lets see if the slanted press and the wrathful cable-talk radio hosts can tolerate giving this book and its calm author a chance to correct the record. There are also generational differences. A later addition: find this on the net, not Amazon. Among all of the U.