Posted by Jost on August 3, 2006, at 17:56:45
In reply to Any book recommendations?, posted by Dinah on July 30, 2006, at 12:14:52
I looked around a little and came up the the following books, several of which I plan to order also.
They're probably neutral, because they come from a diary on a blog I often read, which asked for books for an introductory course on the Middle East. These are the more interesting, less academic ones.
1. O Jerusalem Collins and Lapierre ( "gripping and balanced account of events leading to Israel's independence") originally published 1972
2. Jerusalem Beseiged. Eric Cline ("four thousand years of struggles for control of Jerusalem, a city central to three religions")
3. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam - Karen Armstrong
4. No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam - Reza Aslan (very recent)
I would give links to amazon, but I'm not sure how to link.