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Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters

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The Arab World is a region that has been vastly misunderstood in the West. Arab Voices asks the questions, collects the answers, and shares the results that will help us see Arabs clearly. The book will bring into stark relief the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding this important people. Here, James Zogby debuts a brand new, comprehensive poll, bringing numbers to life so that we can base policy and perception on the real world, rather than on a conjured reality.
Based on a new poll run by Zogby International exclusively for this book, some of the surprising results revealed include:* Despite the frustration with the peace process and the number of wars of the past few years, 74% of Arabs still support a
  two state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And over one-third of Lebanese, Saudis, and Jordanians think that their governments should do more to advance peace.
* Despite wars in and around their region and the worldwide economic crisis, when asked "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?" 42% of those polled say they are better off, 19% worse off.
* Arabs like American people (59% favorable rating), values (52%) and products (69%), giving them all high ratings. And Canada gets high favorability ratings everywhere (an overall rating of 55% favorable and 32% unfavorable).
* However, Arabs overwhelmingly rate American society  "more violent and war-like" (77%) or "less respectful of the rights ofothers" (78%) than their own society. Why? Because of the Iraq war and continuing fallout from Abu Ghraib,Guantanamo, and the treatment of Arab and Muslim immigrants and visitors to the United States.
* What type of TV show do Saudis and Egyptians prefer to watch? The answer is, "Movies", which draws over 50% of the first and second choice votes. In Morocco, the top rated shows are "soap operas" and music and entertainment programs, drawing almost two-thirds of the first and second choice votes. Religious programs are near the bottom of the list of viewer preferences, garnering less than 10% of votes in all three countries.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780230120686
ISBN-10: 0230120687
Pagini: 272
Dimensiuni: 150 x 231 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.68 kg
Editura: St. Martin's Griffin
Locul publicării: Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Cuprins

PART I: PREFACE
The Day That Didn't Change Everything
Listening in the Levant
Knowledge Wars
Lord Balfours, Then and Now
PART II: BEYOND SUPER MYTHS: WHO ARE THE ARABS AND WHAT DO THEY WANT?
Super-Myth One: This World is Flat
Super-Myth Two:A Fictional Unity
Super Myth Three: The Angry Arab
Super-Myth Four: The Lens of Islam
Super Myth Five: Immutability, or the Frozen Camel
PART III: WHY IT MATTERS: BLUNDERS, FAILURES, AND FALLOUT
Iraq: History Cuts Likea Knife
Lebanon: Hearing Half the Story
Saudi Arabia: Their Reform, Not Ours
Palestine: A Wound in the Heart
Arab Americans: Bridging the Divide
PART IV: GETTING IT RIGHT
What Government Can Do
What We Can Do


Recenzii

'Persuasively illustrates . . . that Americans tend to project their fears and desires onto Arabs and Muslims rather than searching for common ground . . . It's hard to deny the validity of Zogby's larger argument. To succeed in the Middle East, the United States needs to listen more to actual Arab voices, and not let preconceived myths about the Muslim world dictate policy.' - The New York Times Sunday Book Review

'An informative and readable book that avoids the reductionism, demonology, and victimology that all too often taint treatment of this subject.' - Foreign Affairs

'Jim Zogby has written an essential and enlightening book on Arab opinion. Arab Voices is a must read for anyone who wants to hear true voices from the Arab world.' - Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan

'Arab Voices is a breakthrough book. Finally, after decades of relentlessly ignorant or bigoted stereotyping of the so-called 'Arab Mind' - often a form of anti-Semitism against Arabs - by partisans having other agendas, James Zogby responds. He presents the results of intensive polling, within historical, political and cultural contexts, in an engrossing search for accuracy, fairness and truth. Let's see if the slanted press and the wrathful cable-talk radio hosts can tolerate giving this book and its calm author a chance to correct the record.' - Ralph Nade

'Arab Voices distills Jim Zogby's lifetime of immersion in a central issue of our times - how can America and the Arab world find the right path forward? Well-written, provocative, and peppered with vivid anecdotes and surprising data, this is essential reading for anyone seeking to penetrate the myths surrounding the Middle East.' - Richard North Patterson

'The need for United States engagement in the Middle East has never been greater, and I believe it is essential that Americans better understand the people and cultures in the region.This book improves our understanding of these diverse communities and provides valuable insight into the lives of Arab Americans.' - President Jimmy Carter

'Jim Zogby has written a timely and valuable book on the pressing need for effective public diplomacy toward the broader Middle East. The best definition of public diplomacy is to first listen, understand, and then inform, engage and influence. Zogby explains how this can be done.' - Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs and founding director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University

'We don't understand Arabs; they don't understand us. Jim Zogby, at last, helps bridge that gap. Every American policy maker should read this book - and listen to him.' - Bill Press, nationally-syndicated talk show host

'Europeansshould read this book. Arab attitudes toEuropetracktheir attitudes to America much more than Europeans might like to think. Both areseen through the same prismof Palestinian dispossession.That dispossessionisan Arabwound rather than aMuslim one. The security of Europe, even more than that of America, requires us to find a resolution to thedifferences so lucidly described in thisbook.' - John Bruton, former Prime Minister of Ireland and EU Ambassador to the United States

'Thanks to his experience in the region, Jim Zogby is uniquely positioned to present rarely heard voices from the Arab world.Here, he does just that, shining a bright light on a deeply misunderstood part of the world. - Arianna Huffington

'For four decades, we have fought wars in the Middle East, spent billions, lost many American lives.This book shows thattheArabs arepaying rapt attention to us and shifting their opinion accordingly.For those who care about US policy, it's the best information you can have.Columnistsspeakof the 'Arab street' as if Mideast opinion were carved in stone.In this important new book,James Zogby shows us its vibrancy.' - Chris Matthews

Notă biografică

James Zogby

Caracteristici

This is the second edition of the exclusive poll, the first of which solf over 13,000 copies worldwide
Updated to reflect recent events in the Middle EastThe book busts many of the myths held about the region, including that Arabs see the world solely through the lens of Islam, and that Arabs are anti-reform, anti-democracy, and pro-tradition
Zogby's newsletter goes out to over 45,000 people, and they will play a large part in promotion and marketing of the book. The book will be promoted on the AAI website and Jim's TV show. They also promoted Jim's brother's book, The Way We'll Be, which is netting 11,416