A New Self-Understanding Dawns in the Middle East

The intellectual shifts revealed by the new peace agreements between Israel and three Arab nations could turn out to be as significant as their economic and military benefits.

Downtown Dubai at sunrise on December 07, 2016. Rustam Azmi/Getty Images.

Downtown Dubai at sunrise on December 07, 2016. Rustam Azmi/Getty Images.

Observation
Nov. 3 2020
About the authors

Hillel Fradkin is a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, director of its Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, and co-editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology. He is currently at work simultaneously on one book about the conflict between Sunni and Shiite Islam and another on the literary unity of the Pentateuch.

Lewis Libby is senior vice president of the Hudson Institute and guides its program on national security and defense issues.


This article is part of Mosaic‘s continuing coverage of the diplomatic revolution in the Middle East. A further installment in that coverage will appear next week.

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