The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy

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Palgrave Macmillan, 1998 - Fiction - 420 pages
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As the first full-length study of conspiracy theories in the Middle East, The Hidden Hand reveals how such theories play a powerful role in the political life of the region. Placing conspiracy theories in their historical context, Daniel Pipes shows how the idea of the conspiracy has come to suffuse life in the Middle East, from the most private family conversations to the highest and most public levels of politics. Pipes then looks at conspiracies and their strength as a partial explanation for much of the region's problems, including its record of political extremism, its culture of violence, and its lack of modernization. Concluding with speculations about the future of conspiracy theories, Pipes provides a key to understanding the often complicated political culture of the Middle East.

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How Western European conspiracy theories have migrated and influenced Middle Eastern politics since around 1900. We love to make our own messes by bringing them with us. Read full review

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Daniel Pipes is Editor of The Middle East Quarterly and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of nine books and the editor of one.

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