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Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia?

Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia?

David B. Ottaway

Mohammed bin Salman. A monarch-to-be without scruples? Or a visionary seeking a path to global power? A social reformer determined to bring his country into the twenty-first century? Or just another brutal dictator? A leader on the road to greatness, or one destined to follow in the footsteps of Icarus? Veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent David Ottaway draws on more than a half-century    More >

Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, 5th edition

Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, 5th edition

Jillian Schwedler, editor

The previous edition of Understanding the Contemporary Middle East was published soon after the Arab uprisings, and the authors—writing across disciplines—captured those moments of possibility. Now, more than six years later, the Middle East is substantially changed, with three protracted civil wars, several retrenched authoritarian regimes, possibly one emerging democracy, and social    More >

The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World

The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World

Hicham Alaoui and Robert Springborg, editors

Despite substantial spending on education and robust support for reform both internally and by external donors, the quality of education in many, if not most, Arab countries remains low. Which raises the question: why? The authors of The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World find answers in the authoritarian political economies that shape the architecture of national governance    More >

Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East, 3rd edition

Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East, 3rd edition

Michele Penner Angrist, editor

The rise and decline of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Deepening authoritarianism in Turkey. The return to military-led rule in Egypt. The impact of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. Heightened sectarian tensions throughout the region. These are among the many current topics covered in the third edition of the acclaimed Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East. With the    More >

Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly

How did the lands that are today Syria survive the vicissitudes of centuries of Ottoman, Egyptian, and French rule, only to stand in ruins today, shattered by a brutal civil war? To provide answers, James Reilly traces five centuries of Syrian history, from the Ottoman period to the present. Reilly brings to life the myriad historical, cultural, social, economic, and political factors that have    More >

Minorities and Minority Rights in Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Present State

Minorities and Minority Rights in Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Present State

Baskın Oran, translated by John William Day

The collapse of the multiethnic, multireligious, and multilingual Ottoman Empire after World War I led to the establishment of several nation-states, with enormous repercussions for the empire's minority populations. Baskın Oran focuses on religious and ethnic minorities in the Republic of Turkey—home for centuries to Alevites, Armenians, Greeks, Jews, Kurds, Syriacs, and more—to    More >

Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom

Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom

Sean Foley

T. E. Lawrence once observed that Saudi Arabia had "so little art" that it could "be said to have no art at all." Whether that was once the case is arguable. But that it is not the case now is clear in Sean Foley's Changing Saudi Arabia. Exploring the contemporary arts movement in Saudi Arabia in the context of the kingdom's changing political realities, Foley finds    More >

 

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Congratulations to HSRC Press! They had two titles selected as 2021 Choice Outstanding Academic Books. The winners were Mcebisi Ndletyana’s Anatomy of the ANC in Power: Insights from Port Elizabeth, 1990–2019 and Opening the South African Economy: Barriers to Entry and Competition (edited by Thando Vilakazi, Sumayya Goga, and Simon Roberts).
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