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" The Blood of Abraham" ( Jimmy Carter )
Critical review of ex-president's study of Middle East crises.
# 13633 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 1999 | US
Published on Jun 29, 2003 in History (Middle Eastern) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)


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"Former president Jimmy Carter's The Blood of Abraham was written in the mid-1980s following the terrible slaughter of civilians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. Carter had been instrumental in achieving the famous Camp David Accords of 1978, which established a framework for peace in the Middle East. But he was troubled by the apparently unending violence there. In this book Carter sought to "understand the roots of the hatred and bloodshed that still shape the relationships among the people of the region" (4). Carter looked to the story of Abraham, "a common foundation for both Judaism and Islam," and related it to the struggle for land and resources that is still the basis of the fighting in the Middle East--as it was in the time of Abraham (7). Carter sought to determine why, despite the strong potential for resolution of all the Middle-East.."

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