Israel (Major Nations of the Mod­ern Mid­dle East)

  • Review
By – March 24, 2017

This recent­ly revised edi­tion of a pre­vi­ous pub­lished text­book has an exten­sive intro­duc­tion, col­or pho­tographs, def­i­n­i­tions of words which may be unfa­mil­iar, boxed side­bars which illu­mi­nate rel­e­vant issues, sug­gest­ed research projects, text-depen­dent ques­tions to encour­age care­ful read­ing and a series glos­sary of key terms. It is a well-orga­nized and use­ful ref­er­ence work or class­room text for the study of a part of the world which is con­stant­ly in the news.

Cul­tur­al diver­si­ty, his­to­ry, soci­ol­o­gy and geog­ra­phy are cov­ered with a cred­itable attempt at bal­anc­ing the polit­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions inher­ent in writ­ing about this part of the world in the polit­i­cal cli­mate of today. Maps are drawn with the West Bank and Golan Heights sep­a­rate­ly delin­eat­ed. The text is clear­ly writ­ten and easy to under­stand and the for­mat is log­i­cal­ly organized.

Back mat­ter includes a chronol­o­gy, sug­ges­tions for fur­ther read­ing, a list of inter­net resources and an index. Appro­pri­ate for ages 12 and up.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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