By Avi Shlaim, Dervla Murphy

Over the summer season of 2011, Dervla Murphy spent a month within the Gaza Strip. She met liberals and Islamists, Hamas and Fatah supporters, wealthy and bad. via pronounced conversations she creates a bright photo of lifestyles during this coastal fragment of self-governing Palestine. Bombed and cut-off from common touch with the remainder of the area, lifestyles in Gaza is beset with structural, scientific and psychological illnesses, but it's also bursting with political engagement and underwritten through an excessive delight in family members existence. in the course of her month via the ocean, Dervla develops an acute eye for how within which isolation has formed this society. many times she meets males who've back to the Strip as an act of presence. but the mosque is usually their in basic terms day-by-day job, as problems acquiring offers suggest few possibilities for artistic paintings. This acts as a recruiting sergeant for the Islamist Qassam brigades and a strain cooker for the construction of household tyrants. during this scenario, Dervla turns into a shameless supporter of women’s rights – appearing as soreness aunt and feminist mentor by way of flip. The ironies of Western and Israeli attitudes to the Strip are ever current: so much significantly the championing of democracy but the refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of Hamas; and how during which violent makes an attempt to get rid of terrorism breathe lifestyles into the very monster they aspire to ruin. nonetheless, there's a nonetheless, small notice of desire. For underlying the e-book is Dervla’s choice to attempt to appreciate how Arab Palestinians and Israeli Jews may possibly forge an answer and eventually stay in peace.

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It was no longer able to muster a united front when the Sasanid Khusrau ii Parvēz (590–628) mounted a large attack against the southern provinces of the realm and seized not only Syria, Palestine and Egypt in two large expeditions, but was also able to move deep into Armenia and Asia Minor. Heraclius had to invest great effort in establishing a new military administration and at least attempting to balance the dogmatic differences between the individual Christian beliefs in order to prevail. In the end, with difficult and bitter expeditions, which were nevertheless surprisingly wellaimed and quick, he was able to drive Khusrau out of all the territories he had conquered and to pursue him into the heart of his realm, to his residence in Seleucia-Ctesiphon on the Middle Tigris.

The Arab general who was in the battle itself, al-Nuʿmān ibn Muqarrin from Kufa, fell, as did the Persian general. Again the Arabs overcame superior Persian troops63 and thus won the ‘Victory of Victories’,64 which certainly was worth the effort,65 even though the glorifying reports of some sources, which state that the conquest took place very swiftly and without | any resistance worth mentioning, are definitely subjective (and 57 See 134 below. 58 Large parts of the population of Khuzistan were at that time not yet Iranized but still spoke Elamite, see p.

87 Reinforcements from southern Mesopotamia under the reign of the caliph ʿUthmān (644–56) allowed renewed battles and consequently the advance to B(F)asā and Darabgird. A number of ‘Kurdish’88 riots and raids brought the invaders into a very dangerous position again, but the Arabs’ martial vigour 84 For the names see Justi, Namb. 299, 214f. 85 Bal. 309–19; Ṭab. i 2653–56; Yāq. ; Athīr iii 9. Caet. v 8–19, vii 33–37, 59f. 86 Ṭab. , Hist. ii 188; Yāq. i 105, ii 895, iv 88, 981; Athīr iii 10. , Sk.

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