CARAVAN: The Story of the Middle East by Carlston B. Coon

CARAVAN: The Story of the Middle East

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Spiking the eternal nomenclatural controversy at the onset, Dr. Coon defines the Middle East for the purpose of this ethnic, cultural study as the generally understood name for the predominately Muslim countries from Morocco to Afghanistan and Lebanon, mainly Christian, and Israel-Jewish. The culture and peoples of the Middle East in this study, the author regards as a remarkable accomplishment in an ethnic and community organizations in which each separate part retains its peculiar characteristics and operation yet contributing to a coordinated whole. The peoples -- the Semites, Iranians, the Turks and Mongols; the historically unifying and eternally practical religion of Islam; the equally specialized yet interdependent communities of the village, the nomadic camp and the city; -- all reflect a curious strength in diversity which gives rise to an equilibrating force, explaining tendency, often confusing to Westerners, to preserve the social and political status Student of the Middle East, as well as the growing audience for information about this combustible area, will find this study valuable and the travel fans will be interested also in the author's presentation of some of the traditionally colorful elements -- and sultans, the tribesmen of the plain, ships and camels and the color of the cities. Dr. Coon is professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Races of Europe.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1951
Publisher: Holt