The major Semites have a fair share of power and clout throughout the world and, understandably, they attract quite a bit of misconceptions as well. These factors call for deeper studies and analysis of their cultures and civilizations including the compulsions of their faiths, which have contributed towards the concepts of “we” and “they.” But the world can neither remain unipolar nor bipolar since history calls for, at least from time to time, a synthesis. So, we have to start somewhere and find out a nook for better understanding and “more sunshine.” This book can probably add to the efforts towards such goals, although it does not claim any originality besides that like other works of its genre this one also is in search of some answers to questions such as why religion and culture of a community will hang below the neck like a dead albatross? And why will it not be an illuminating experience?
Written in a lucid and simple style, this could be a good read for both general readers and students of the subject.
After retirement from Indian Administrative Services, C R Biswas has remained actively involved in teaching and writing on public administration and international relations. His earlier three books on these subjects have been well-received by students and scholars. His works of translation have been published by reputed organisations including the National Book Trust and in the Sahitya Academy Journal. During his career, he has attended and chaired seminars and courses on rural development and public policy at both home and abroad. With passion to study cross-cultural trends of various nationalities, he has travelled many countries including some Arab regions. He feels that the present book is a modest attempt to clear some misunderstandings about the three major Semites and to highlight the important facets and phases of their cultures, civilizations and politics, which have vastly influenced and contributed to the ever-changing world order.