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Title: Attempt to Uproot Sunni-Arab Influence
Sub-title: A Geo-Strategic Analysis of the Western, Israeli & Iranian Quest for Domination
By (author): Joseph A Kechichian
ISBN10-13: 1845198549 : 9781845198541
Format: Paperback
Size: 234x156mm
Pages: 224
Weight: .402 Kg.
Published: Sussex Academic Press (UK) - January   2017
List Price: 25.00 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 357
Subjects: Biography: historical, political & military : Middle Eastern history : Middle East
In the aftermath of popular uprisings that unleashed the quest for freedom, Arab governments scrambled to limit sectarian divisions, though much of these efforts came to naught. Regrettably, weak governments fell into carefully laid traps, aimed to divide and rule. Protracted wars further destroyed Arab wealth and cohesiveness, and Sunni communities saw their power bases marginalised. On cue, and predicted by some commentators, extremist movements like the so-called Islamic State emerged, targeting Sunnis with extreme violence. In 2014 Nabil Khalifé, an established Lebanese thinker, published a widely praised thesis that identified the root causes of renewed sectarian tensions at a time when confrontations polarised awakened Arab societies. Based on an extensive discussion of the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah, Khalifé advanced the notion that the revolution was not Islamic but an Iranian-Shi‘ah rebellion that ended the Pahlavi military monarchy, and that the post-2011 Sunni–Shi‘ah struggle was planned by leading Western powers, including Russia, to preserve Israel and impose the latter’s acceptance in the Middle East as a natural element. In this translation of Istihdaf Ahl al-Sunna [Targeting Sunnis], Joseph A Kéchichian analyses the fundamental questions raised by the author to better place the current sectarian collision in a geo-strategic global perspective. Based on the book’s avowals of how the world’s three monotheistic religions perceive each other and Political Sunnism, Kéchichian assesses Henry Kissinger’s famous appellation of the Middle World that houses significant and indispensable oil resources, and why that allegedly makes it -- Political Sunnism -- dangerous. In a comprehensive introduction to the translation, he describes various initiatives that led global powers to check the undeniable force of Political Sunnism.
About The Author:
Joseph A. Kéchichian is the author of eleven published books, including Faysal: Saudi Arabia's King for All Seasons (2008), Succession in Saudi Arabia (2001), Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies, (2008), and Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia (2013). His most recent publications are ‘Iffat al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen (2015), From Alliance to Union: Challenges Facing Gulf Cooperation States (2016) and the forthcoming The Nationalist Al Sa‘ud Advisor: Shaykh Yusuf Yassin of Sa‘udi Arabia.
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