The region known as the Middle East and North Africa has been a major focal point of international concern for centuries and that attention has increased and intensified since World War II. The states of Asia have been interested in the Middle East because of its vast oil reserves, on which many are dependent, and because of the revenues produced, creating large and important markets for the goods, services, and labor found in the Asian states. There is also a significant Muslim population in Asia. This volume provides the first comprehensive listing of the published (and some unpublished) theses and dissertations on the relationship between Asian states (from Pakistan in the West to Japan in the East) and the Middle East and North Africa. In this volume, the authors have assembled and classified the literature available in English and other western languages for the reader and researcher interested in learning more about the extent and variety of the relationship between these two regions. In this regard, bilateral and multilateral relationships in numerous spheres of activity have been examined.
Bernard Reich, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., serves as a consultant to various U.S. government agencies and to international business. Author of numerous articles and monographs on politics and foreign policy of the Middle East and North Africa, including the Historical Dictionary of Israel (Scarecrow, 1992).