Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East

Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East

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Kim Ghattas delivers a gripping account of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy.

With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS.

Ghattas also introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country's dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684578634
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kim Ghattas is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and writer who covered the Middle East for twenty years for the BBC and the Financial Times. She has also reported on the US State Department and American politics, and is the author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power.

Nan McNamara is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator and garnered the "Best Audiobook of 2016" distinction for her narration of Mister Monkey by Francine Prose. She has more than twenty years of experience as a professional actress on stage, television, and film.

Table of Contents

Note on Names and Spellings




Part I Revolution

1.Cassette Revolution

2.Today Tehran, Tomorrow Jerusalem

3.Bleeding Heart


Part II Competition

5.I Killed the Pharaoh

6.No Dupatta

7.Karbala in Beirut

8.Shia Kafir

9.Mecca Is Mine

10.Culture Wars

11.Black Wave

12.Generation 1979

Part III Revenge

13.Cain and Abel




17.Between ISIS and IRGC

18.Achilles’ Heel

19.Murder on the Bosporus





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