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 RealityBased 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, % 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 To Advance Peace Despite Wars In And Around Their Region And The Worldwide Economic Crisis, When Asked Are You Better Off Than You Were Years Ago % Of Those Polled Say They Are Better Off, % Worse Off Arabs Like American People % Favorable Rating , Values % And Products % , Giving Them All High Ratings And Canada Gets High Favorability Ratings Everywhere An Overall Rating Of % Favorable And % Unfavorable However, Arabs Overwhelmingly Rate American Society Violent And War Like % Or Less Respectful Of The Rights Ofothers % 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 % 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 % Of Votes In All Three Countries I ve read this before, around when I took International Relations a few semesters ago It didn t occur to me that I had until I cleared the first chapter What I found useful this time through is the Resources appendix in the back _ There are other useful and local sources for this kind of news besides Al Jazeera This book lists The Daily Star for Lebanese news, The Jordan Times, Al Ahram Weekly which is Egyptian, The National and Gulf News from the United Arab Emirates, Gulf Daily News, which is Bahrain s English news, and sixteen others.My energy has entirely departed from me for detailing as much of a review as I generally give, but that does not mean this is not a good source for people who want to know about what the people from the Middle East say The audience is American.We re all stuck in this world together, so we might as well know a little bit about one another. Mostly a litany of ridiculously stupid things US gov t has done w r t the Arab world, interspersed with stats from opinion polls of Arabs And I didn t know the Cedar Revolution was a term invented by the US State Dept, to replace the Independence Intifada that the Lebanese were using. Necessary for American students of the Arab World and of Arabic James Zogby is a proud American that shows, in a certain dry, political and policy oriented manner, the importance of humanism and the importance of listening when dealing with foreign policy of the United States In this important and critical time and the relationship the US has with the Arab World, we need Arab Americans such as James Zogby to become a link between the two sides. This plea for better understanding of Arabs, backed up by empirical data and personal anecdote, is a must read The author s brother, John Zogby the pollster, discovered that two out of three Americans are interested in learning about the Arab world This book is a great place to start. Great book on what happens when you actually listen to people.. Important perspective we don t hear from our media. The author seems to have the best intentions and is doing whatever he can to promote a greater understanding of the Arab culture However, the book had too many statistics and too much promotion of his brother s polling firm, Zogby International Although there is an urgent need for all of us to understand this part of the world in great depth, I personally do not feel this book would be the place to start I found books such as The Lemon Tree by the journalist and USC professor Sandy Tollan and I Saw Ramallah by the Palestinian poet and writer Mourid Barghouti to provide significent insight into the experiences and feelings of those living in countries experiencing constant repression, governmental corruption, conflict and violence Another book, read recently, was Neil MacFarquhar s NYT bureau chief at the UN The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Borthday was also well worth reading Statistics based on narrow mathematical models and skewed polling techniques do not touch my soul and stimulate me intellectually The stories told by real people are what all of us should be reading and remembering I will look into the books the author recommended for further reading. Even if you look at it from a purely financial standpoint, the Arab World has become of an issue in the past few decades We have spent billions of dollars in this area of the world in various endeavors and I m not sure there is a consensus that this has been productive So, a book that claims to tells us, the West, what they, the Arab World, thinks is a beginning to some sort of mutual understanding First, Zogby defines the Arab World This one is easy, it s those who speak Arabic So, Persians who speak Farsi, and Turks who speak Turkish are not included Secondly, he disputes certain Arab myths, such as, what he calls the angry Arab Then he makes a few recommendations for possible Arab US relationship improvements He is light on suggestions, though Also, his ideas are based on his opinion polls, which involve a series of closed ended questions, which in my mind is not the ideal polling method as it imposes restrictions on the answers The most important thing I learned from this book was this the Palestinian Question has to be resolved before the US can be fully trusted and, not surprisingly, until that happens, our policies will likely foster ill will and we will continue to go around a vicious circle of mistrust. The basic point is as a country we are too busy dictating our point of view and not listening to the people of the middle east Our form of democarcy when exported needs to be done in a way that the local populance can consume an dmust take on a local flavor..in some instances that may be against what we desire but what a Egypt or Lebanon may want if we listened we would understand that Another key point is for all the talking the media about the middle east there exists in the US limited channels to learn about the middle east language, history politics which is surprising given the importance it plays in the US economy and political spectrum I highly recommend this book. Great peek at the Middle East The author sheds light on common myths and misperceptions on the region using polling information and experiences he s had in the region Very easy to read In a nutshells it s the policy that poeple in the region are unhappy with not America in general Having traveled to the region I can attest to this idea a country that imports Chili s, Toys R Us, and McDonalds has to like something about America.
- 256 pages
- Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters
- James Zogby
- 06 July 2017 James Zogby