Mediter­ranean Pas­sages: Read­ings from Dido to Derrida

Miri­am Cooke, Erdag Gok­nar, Grant Park­er, eds.
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By – January 11, 2012
Mediter­ranean Pas­sages is a rich col­lec­tion of texts and images based on the premise that the great sea has been the cen­ter for the emer­gence of our three monotheisms and for the his­to­ry of the area through­out the ages. 

The edi­tors, Duke pro­fes­sor miri­am cooke (she prefers low­er case), and two oth­er Near East­ern schol­ars, pre­pared the com­pi­la­tion pri­mar­i­ly as a source for inter­dis­ci­pli­nary aca­d­e­m­ic work. 

The ordi­nary house­hold, too, will find it reward­ing, casu­al read­ing of high qual­i­ty, and it is of par­tic­u­lar inter­est to travelers. 

Most impor­tant Jew­ish issues, from the Bible to the found­ing of Israel, are cov­ered, though, nec­es­sar­i­ly, rather briefly. 

As to Dr. Cooke’s rep­u­ta­tion in some cir­cles for excess par­ti­san­ship on behalf of Arab women (sev­en of her ten books were on that sub­ject), no such bias appears in this vol­ume. His­tor­i­cal maps, index, pref­ace, table of the­mat­ic con­tent, repro­duc­tions of objects and paint­ings, sug­ges­tions for fur­ther reading.
Jane Waller­stein worked in pub­lic rela­tions for many years. She is the author of Voic­es from the Pater­son Silk Mills and co-author of a nation­al crim­i­nal jus­tice study of parole for Rut­gers University.

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