Cold War in the Islamic World
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Cold War in the Islamic World

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‘The contemporary great game playing out bloodily between oil-fired theocracies in Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran is the subject of Dilip Hiro’s latest book. He tells the story with relish.’ — The Financial Times

‘A suitable introduction to the Iranian-Saudi relations for someone wanting to go beyond the headlines … Trying to capture the vast sweep of this relationship in a single text is a monumental task … To Hiro’s credit, his account is fairly balanced. The research is also impressive in its breadth.’ — Middle East Journal

‘The book has a racy pace and is rich in reportage . . . Hiro marshals an enormous amount of fact and anecdote as he recounts the manner in which regional and global events unfold . . . a rich tapestry.’ — Financial Express

‘Dilip Hiro is one of the most prolific scholars of the Middle East, and there is little that escapes his notice. In this volume, he takes an in-depth look at the new cold war that is brewing in the region . . . a welcome addition to the literature.’ — Survival

‘Iran and Saudi Arabia anchor the sweeping text, which ranges from Pakistan to Egypt and detours as far back as the seventh-century Sunni-Shi’a divide. [Hiro’s] mix of lively writing and serious detail should draw in readers … with any interest in the subject.’ — Choice

‘Eminent historian and prolific author Hiro . . . focuses on a pertinent crucible of roiling tension in the region . . . an important study for understanding the roots of current tensions [between Saudi Arabia and Iran].’ — Kirkus

‘Hiro is a wonderful raconteur . . . few have told the story of tensions between Riyadh and Tehran quite as well as him.’ — LSE Middle East Centre Blog

‘Hiro provides the reader with a perspective rarely found in most texts regarding the Middle East . . . [a] nuanced portrayal of the complex history of these nations, their relationship and its consequences for the region and the world at large.’ — CounterPunch

‘[A] monumental study.’ — Business Standard

‘Hiro treats the subject deeply and thoroughly.’ — Foreign Affairs

‘Captures very nicely the march of political history in the Middle East and the Gulf during the last hundred years.’ — The Muslim World Book Review

‘Ambitious, impressive, original, and important. Hiro explains the roots of the current rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia in historical terms, examining how developments in the recent past have shaped their differences and similarities’ — Mehran Kamrava, Professor, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Qatar, and author of Inside the Arab State

‘An excellent book… extremely engaging. Hiro explores the various geopolitical aspects of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry since 1979, weaving startling and revealing anecdotes into the analysis.’ — Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, and author of First World War in the Middle East


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