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The hidden hand : Middle East fears of conspiracy
Pipes, Daniel, 1949-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
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xii, 404 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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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.

Author Notes

Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and columnist for the New York Post and the Jerusalem Post.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
1. Changing the Course of Historyp. 13
Part I Case Studies
2. In a League of Their Ownp. 35
3. "Greater Israel"p. 49
4. Iran's Islamic Revolutionp. 75
5. Iran Versus Iraq Versus the Worldp. 87
Part II The Conspirator
6. Zionists and Imperialistsp. 103
7. Why Only Zionists and Imperialists?p. 121
8. Who Controls Whom?p. 141
9. The Conspirator's Naturep. 171
10. The Conspirator's Methodsp. 199
Part III The Paranoid Style
11. The Conspiracy Theorist: Manipulative or Sincere?p. 225
12. The Conspiracy Theoryp. 251
13. Appearances Deceivep. 265
Part IV Why so Many Conspiracy Theories?
14. The Trauma of Modern Islamp. 289
15. The Impact of Western Thoughtp. 309
16. Actual Conspiraciesp. 325
17. Political Structuresp. 353
Conclusion: Hope for the Future?p. 367
Appendix Conspiracy Theories in Turkey and Israelp. 385
Indexp. 391