By Dilip Hiro. London: Macmillan Press, 1996, pp. 367.

DILIP Hiro is a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction. His works on the Middle East include Inside the Middle East, Iran Under the Ayatollahs and Desert Shield to Desert Storm: The Second Gulf War.

His latest offering is a practical reference book. Containing more than 1,000 entries, his Dictionary of the Middle East covers the major places, people, religious groups, political parties and events of the Middle East in a lucid and thorough manner. The book should prove a useful aid to journalists, academics, diplomats and business people alike.