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Book/resource recommendation for Middle East history


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My son's (Jewish) school is using this book, but I can't really vouch for it as I haven't read it myself: One Land: Two Peoples - A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

They are also using this one, but I think it's more of an Israel advocacy book than you may be looking for: The Case for Israel

He's in Grade 12, so I think these are both mostly adult level.

I did see this one recommended on another forum: Light Behind the Darkness: Stories of Compassion from the Holy Land (co-written by a Palestinian - they don't say if he's Muslim - and a Jewish Israeli)


To be honest, I am really hoping that a good solid grounding in world history will provide my kids with the best possible background to the contemporary conflict. Too many adults have too shallow an understanding, based on news reports that act like the whole thing started two weeks ago (or two months, or two years, but certainly not over two millennia!), because good background takes too much precious airtime.

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