What the Arabs Think of America

What the Arabs Think of America

Book - 2007
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For hundreds of years, pilgrims to Mecca have paused in the narrow mountain pass known as Mina to cast stones at the three pillars of the Jamaraat in a symbolic casting out of the Devil. Recently, someone added graffiti to the central pillar, four Latin letters of the English script - Bush. These days, Americans and America provoke strong opinions from Arabs of all sorts, from politicians and journalists to the ordinary men and women of 'Arab Street'. Their voices aren't always heard in the West, but for over a decade British journalist Andrew Hammond, based in the Middle East, has been listening to what they have to say, and in this book they are heard loud and clear. Many of the issues are political. What do the Arabs think of American support for Israel or its close relationship with Saudi Arabia? How have they reacted to the American occupation of Iraq? But American influence in the Arab world isn't limited to politics. What is the Arab view of American film, television or the latest hip-hop or rap music? And what, for that matter, do Arabs think of Americans themselves, their life-style, attitudes and character? Incorporating interviews with individuals of all sorts from all over the Arab world, What the Arabs Think of America gives voice to the unheard partner in a relationship in crisis.
Organised round the most heated talking points of the day, the book gives voice to ordinary Arabs with strong views on American involvement in the Middle East - frequently angry, sometimes admiring and always heart-felt.

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Currently Reuters senior correspondent in Saudi Arabia, journalist Hammond has reported from many countries in the Middle East. Here he draws on satellite television channels and other sources to set out what the Arabs think about the US. He covers America in the Arab world, domestic America, the Palestinians, the Iraq project, peace with Egypt, the House of Saud, and the Sudanese card. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Oxford ; Westport, Conn. : Greenwood World Pub., 2007
ISBN: 9781846450006
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ; 24 cm

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