Arab and Muslim Countries

Profiles in Contrast (2004)

By Diana Lady Dougan

Arab and Muslim Countries: Profiles in Contrast is the most succinct and up-to-date reference guide available on the 50 countries with Muslim-majority populations.

Country profiles are organized and summarized into one-page “snapshots” enabling the reader to make quick country comparisons. Topics covered include ethnicity, population by religion, geography, literacy, politics and government, economics and labor force, Internet access, mass media, telecommunications, computers and foreign assistance. The information is compiled from 20 major data banks including those of the UN, World Bank, and CIA.

The insightful Overview and Guide to Indicator and Terms drill down into key variables and assumptions that affect perceptions and influence analysis of the Arab and Muslim world as it is today. Special emphasis is placed on the underestimated impact of the Internet, satellite broadcasting, and other electronic media influencing these strikingly youth-dominated countries. Arab and Muslim Countries: Profiles in Contrast is designed to assist public diplomacy policymakers, educators, and anyone who wants to better understand these surprisingly diverse and strategically important people and nations.

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