Peter Mansfield (1928–1996) was born in Ranchi, India and was educated at Winchester and Cambridge. For over thirty years, he wrote and broadcasted about the contemporary affairs and history of the Middle East, corresponding regularly for the Financial Times, Economist, and London Sunday Times. His books include Who’s Who in the Arab World and The Arabs.
For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions. In the twentieth century it became the focus of rivalry between the European powers as the last major Islamic empire...[SEE MORE]