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A History of Egyptian Communism: Jews and Their Compatriots in Quest of Revolution

Rami Ginat

Rami Ginat offers an entirely new reading of the evolution of communism in Egypt, including the central role of Egyptian Jews in both its development and its impact on Egypt and the wider Middle East. Drawing deeply on previously inaccessible original sources, Ginat traces a story of intrigue and ideology from the late 1910s to the early 1950s. Many of his findings directly challenge the    More >

A History of Egyptian Communism: Jews and Their Compatriots in Quest of Revolution

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election

Scott Seward Smith

Scott Seward Smith focuses on Afghanistan's 2004 presidential election—the first popular election ever held there—as he explores the painstaking attempt by the United Nations to develop democratic institutions in the country. Smith thoroughly describes the personalities, policies, bureaucracies, and external factors that shaped the faltering transition process from 2001 through    More >

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election

Agriculture and Reform in Syria

Raymond Hinnebusch, Atieh El Hindi, Mounzer Khaddam, and Myriam Ababsa

How have recent economic reforms affected Syria's agricultural sector? Addressing this question, the authors give particular attention to the implications of the reforms for rural society.    More >

Agriculture and Reform in Syria

Arab Elites: Negotiating the Politics of Change

Volker Perthes, editor

The recent deaths of four long-term heads of state in the Arab world heralded important changes, as political power passed from one generation to the next. Shedding light on these changes, Arab Elites explores the attitudes and political agendas of the new leadership emerging throughout the region.   A strong analytical framework informs the authors' discussion of elites in Algeria,    More >

Arab Elites: Negotiating the Politics of Change

Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Regimes and Resistance

Marsha Pripstein Posusney and Michele Penner Angrist, editors

Why do authoritarian regimes prevail in the Middle East, while successful democratic transitions are occurring elsewhere in the developing world? Authoritarianism in the Middle East addresses this question, focusing on the role of political institutions and the strategic choices made by both rulers and opposition challengers. The authors eschew cultural explanations, highlighting instead the    More >

Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Regimes and Resistance

Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World

Rex Brynen, Pete W. Moore, Bassel F. Salloukh, and Marie-Joëlle Zahar

For years the authoritarian regimes of the Arab world displayed remarkable persistence. Then, beginning in December 2010, much of the region underwent rapid and remarkable political change.  This volume explores the precursors, nature, and trajectory of the dynamics unleashed by the Arab Spring. The authors focus on the complex forces that have sustained authoritarianism in the region, as    More >

Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World

Building Rule of Law in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, and Beyond

Eva Bellin and Heidi E. Lane, editors

How might Arab countries build the foundations for rule of law in the wake of prolonged authoritarian rule? What specific challenges do they confront? Are there insights to be gained from comparative analysis beyond the region? Exploring these questions, the authors of Building Rule of Law in the Arab World provide a theoretically informed, empirically rich account of key issues facing the    More >

Building Rule of Law in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, and Beyond

Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber with Robert P. Finn, editors

Bridging the pragmatic and the theoretical, leading scholars and policy analysts delve into the critical issues facing Afghanistan today. Their exploration of questions relating to security and peacekeeping, the rule of law, institutional design, mobilization of the economy, and relations within the region provides a crucial resource for understanding not only Afghanistan’s prospects, but    More >

Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Changing Regime Discourse and Reform in Syria

Aurora Sottimano and Kjetil Selvik

Moving from the revolutionary rhetoric prominent in the early days of President Hafez al-Assad’s regime to the present stance of the country’s economic reformers and rising business class, this new study traces the evolution of Baathist ideological discourse in Syria. The first part of the book focuses on the trend, over the course of the first Assad presidency, away from the idea    More >

Changing Regime Discourse and Reform in Syria

Civil Society and the State in Syria: The Outsourcing of Social Responsibility

Laura Ruiz de Elvira and Tina Zintl

In recent years Syria has transferred many responsibilities for welfare functions to private charities and NGOs, while at the same time attempting to control those organizations. In this context, the authors of Civil Society and the State in Syria focus both on Christian charities and on the regime-sponsored NGOs that are attracting secular, urban Syrians.    More >

Civil Society and the State in Syria: The Outsourcing of Social Responsibility

Civil Society in Syria and Iran: Activism in Authoritarian Contexts

Paul Aarts and Francesco Cavatorta, editors

What are the dynamics of civic activism in authoritarian regimes? How do new social actors—many of them informal, "below the radar" groups—interact with these regimes? What mechanisms do the power elite employ to deal with societal dissidence? The authors of Civil Society in Syria and Iran explore the nature of state-society relations in two countries that are experiencing    More >

Civil Society in Syria and Iran: Activism in Authoritarian Contexts

Coalition Politics and the Iraq War: Determinants of Choice

Daniel F. Baltrusaitis

Why do states join ad hoc military coalitions? What motivated South Korea to contribute significantly to the Iraq War "coalition of the willing," while such steadfast allies as Turkey and Germany resisted US pressure to become burden-sharing partners? Drawing on his extensive examination of South Korean, German, and Turkish politics in the approach to and during the Iraq War, Daniel    More >

Coalition Politics and the Iraq War: Determinants of Choice

Damascus Diary: An Inside Account of Hafez al-Assad's Peace Diplomacy, 1990-2000

Bouthaina Shaaban, with a foreword by Fred Lawson

Bouthaina Shaaban worked closely with Syria's president Hafez al-Assad from 1990 until the time of his death, serving as both official interpreter and adviser. Her new book, part memoir and part historical account, takes the reader behind the closed doors of the Syrian Presidential Palace to provide uniquely Syrian perceptions of the failed Arab-Israel peace talks. Sharing firsthand stories    More >

Damascus Diary:  An Inside Account of Hafez al-Assad's Peace Diplomacy, 1990-2000

Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World

Nicola Pratt

What explains the enduring rule of authoritarian regimes in the Arab world? Nicola Pratt offers an innovative approach to this recurring question, shedding light on the failure of democratization by examining both the broad dynamics of authoritarianism in the region and the particular role of civil society. Pratt appraises the part that civil society actors played in the normalization of    More >

Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World

Democratic Values in the Muslim World

Moataz A. Fattah

Is Islam compatible with democracy? Despite the seemingly endless debate on this issue, Moataz Fattah's study is a rare investigation of actual Muslim beliefs about democracy across numerous and diverse Islamic societies. Fattah's survey analysis of more than 31,000 Muslims in 34 countries (including 3 countries in which Muslims live as minorities), enhanced by focus group discussions,    More >

Democratic Values in the Muslim World

Egypt’s Tahrir Revolution

Dan Tschirgi, Walid Kazziha, and Sean F. McMahon, editors

The 18-day revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30 years of rule marked a historic turning point in the political fortunes not only of Egypt, but of the entire Middle East. While the impact of that seminal event will continue to unfold for years, this volume, written by members of the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, presents an authoritative exploration of the    More >

Egypt’s Tahrir Revolution

Egyptian Politics: The Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule

Maye Kassem

Though the regimes of Egyptian presidents Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak have been decidedly different, the nature of personal authoritarian rule in Egypt has remained virtually unchanged across more than five decades. Maye Kassem traces the shaping of contemporary Egyptian politics, considering why authoritarian rule has been so resilient and assessing the mechanisms that have allowed for its    More >

Egyptian Politics: The Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule

Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Cheryl A. Rubenberg, editor

ForeWord Magazine's Reference Book of the Year! The three-volume Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is the first authoritative reference source to provide comprehensive, impartial coverage of one of the most torturous and prolonged conflicts of our time. Written by an international team of more than 100 experts, and subject to an exhaustive, bias-hunting editorial process,    More >

Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

From Herzl to Rabin: The Changing Image of Zionism

Amnon Rubinstein

Amnon Rubinstein traces the history of the Israeli state, and of Zionism, moving deftly between the roles of objective historian and persuasive politician.    More >

From Herzl to Rabin: The Changing Image of Zionism

Identity and Nation in Iraq

Sherko Kirmanj

Sherko Kirmanj offers a balanced, critical analysis of the evolution of Iraqi national identity and the process of national integration, tracing a history of antagonisms and violence that began with the creation of the state in 1921. Challenging approaches that variously blame the legacy of the Baathist regime or the US invasion for the sectarian violence that plagues Iraq, Kirmanj delves into    More >

Identity and Nation in Iraq

Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule

J.N.C. Hill

J.N.C. Hill explores the multiple causes of two decades of profound political change, social and economic upheaval, and bitter conflict in postindependence Algeria. Hill focuses on the relationship between identity and sociopolitical stability as he examines the trajectory of Algerian nation building.  How did French colonization and the war of liberation transform Algerian identities? How    More >

Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule

Islam in Contemporary Egypt: Society vs. the State

Denis J. Sullivan and Sana Abed-Kotob

This unusually accessible book provides a comprehensive picture of Islam in contemporary Egyptian politics and society, emphasizing its diversity and heterogeneity. Tracing the development of Islam as a social, political, and economic force in Egypt, Sullivan and Abed-Kotob analyze the role it plays in governance and opposition to political authority, in social relations, and in the often-ignored    More >

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Mehdi Mozaffari

What exactly is Islamism? And what explains its violent expansion in recent decades? Why are Islamists so determined to change the world order? Are there similarities between Islamism and classical totalitarian regimes and ideologies? Will it fail, as those regimes did in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union—or can it adapt effectively to changing realities? What are the fundamental strengths    More >

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah

Curtis R. Ryan

Jordan in Transition offers a cogent and compelling analysis of the country's domestic and international politics. Ryan argues that there have been four dramatic transitions in Jordan's recent past: ambitious economic restructuring, efforts toward political liberalization, realignments in foreign relations (culminating in the 1994 peace agreement with Israel), and the succession of King    More >

Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah

Legislative Politics in the Arab World: The Resurgence of Democratic Institutions

Abdo Baaklini, Guilain Denoeux, and Robert Springborg

The vitality and significance of parliaments in the Arab world is one of the essential—but overlooked—stories of political life in the 1990s. Baaklini, Denoeux, and Springborg present the first comprehensive, comparative analysis of modern Arab legislatures. Drawing on their extensive experience as both scholars and project consultants, the authors Yemen). Their work is of critical    More >

Minorities and the State in the Arab World

Ofra Bengio and Gabriel Ben-Dor, editors

Questions of identity and ethnicity have always been part of the intricate web of politics in the Arab World, but the recent expansion of political participation has made these issues more political, more visible, and more acute. This book offers a comprehensive discussion of minorities and ethnic politics in eight Arab countries. Focusing on the strategic political choices made by minorities,    More >

Minorities and the State in the Arab World

Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East, 3rd edition

Valentine M. Moghadam

Valentine Moghadam's seminal study of the gendered nature of political and social processes in the Middle East and North Africa has been fully updated to reflect more than a decade of major changes. This new edition reflects an emphasis on the impacts of both globalization and democratization. It also  includes entirely new chapters on the gender dynamics of conflicts in the region, on    More >

Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East, 3rd edition

My Memoirs: Half a Century of the History of Iraq and the Arab Cause

Tawfiq al-Suwaydi, translated by Nancy Roberts and with an Introduction by Antony T. Sullivan

These memoirs of the distinguished Iraqi statesman Tawfiq al-Suwaydi (1892-1968) evocatively recapture a now largely vanished Arab world—and are an eloquent reminder that Iraq was once a far more open and tolerant society than it is today. Al-Suwaydi served as Iraq's prime minister three times (1929, 1946, 1950), as foreign minister on numerous occasions, and as ambassador to Iran,    More >

My Memoirs: Half a Century of the History of Iraq and the Arab Cause

Narrating the Nile: Politics, Identities, Cultures

Israel Gershoni and Meir Hatina, editors

The authors of Narrating The Nile seek to encourage the study of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia not only as autonomous entities, but also as part of the Nile region, a shared theater of experiences, national identities, and collective memories. Combining in-depth historical studies and broad interdisciplinary discussions, they provide fresh perspectives on the region's politics and    More >

Narrating the Nile:  Politics, Identities, Cultures

National Security and Democracy in Israel

Avner Yaniv, editor

The Arab-Israeli conflict in general and the Palestinian intifada in particular have given rise to a wave of critical reappraisals of the Israeli experience—reappraisals that increasingly have come from those who can only be described as mainstream Israelis. Situated within this emerging tradition of scholarly criticism, this book addresses a variety of problems that arise from the fact that    More >

Palestinian Women: Patriarchy and Resistance in the West Bank

Cheryl A. Rubenberg

Cheryl Rubenberg's richly textured analysis provides a case study of the multifaceted and deleterious effects of patriarchy among Palestinians living in the rural villages and refugee camps of theWest Bank: its negative consequences for men as well as women, for democratization, and for progress toward the creation of a more just, equitable, and prosperous society. Privileging the voices of    More >

Party Politics and Social Cleavages in Turkey

Ergun Özbudun

Despite radical changes in Turkish politics since the transition to a multiparty system in the mid-1940s, the center-right parties have consistently won an electoral majority. Why? How have they managed to maintain such a firm hold in the face of social cleavages that pit modernizing, secularist state elites against a conservative and pious majority? Ergun Özbudun uses the lens of    More >

Party Politics and Social Cleavages in Turkey

Political Change in the Arab Gulf States: Stuck in Transition

Mary Ann Tétreault, Gwenn Okruhlik, and Andrzej Kapiszewski, editors

Although reform movements have been prominent in varying degrees in most Middle Eastern countries for some time, the recent cascade of events has generated new pressures for democratization throughout the Arab World. Political Change in the Arab Gulf States explores the politics influencing the volatile situation in the region, as well as specific measures devised by regimes in power to adjust to    More >

Political Change in the Arab Gulf States: Stuck in Transition

Political Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World

Paul Kubicek

Belying assertions of the incompatibility of Islam and democracy, many Muslim-majority countries are now or have been democratic. Paul Kubicek draws on the experiences of those countries to explore the relationship between political manifestations of Islam and democratic politics. Kubicek's comparative analysis allows him to highlight the common features that create conditions amenable to    More >

Political Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World

Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism, or Reform?

John L. Esposito, editor

For more than a decade, policymakers and observers in the Muslim world and the West have struggled with the specter of political Islam—or "Islamic fundamentalism"—often confounded by myriad and contradictory images. This book offers a thorough, objective examination of the impact of political Islam on domestic and international politics in countries ranging from North Africa    More >

Political Liberalization & Democratization in the Arab World: V. 1, Theoretical Perspectives

Rex Brynen, Bahgat Korany, and Paul Noble, editors

Long dominated by authoritarian regimes, the Arab World is now experiencing a variety of factors—both internal and external—-that pose the challenge of change. Significant degrees of political liberalization have occurred already in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Kuwait, although the extent to which this presages eventual democratization is far from self-evident. Elsewhere—for    More >

Political Liberalization and Democratization in the Arab World, Vol. 2: Comparative Experiences

Bahgat Korany, Rex Brynen, and Paul Noble

Drawing on the theoretical insights offered in its companion volume, this book examines the processes of and prospects for political reform in 10 Arab countries—Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—selected to demonstrate a broad range of contexts, trajectories, and political potentials. The authors have gone beyond the traditional    More >

Political Participation in the Middle East

Ellen Lust-Okar and Saloua Zerhouni, editors

Political Participation in the Middle East provides essential context for understanding current political activism across the MENA region. Through an in-depth exploration of seven countries, the authors address how formal and informal political institutions create opportunities for participation in venues as varied as trade unions, civic associations, political parties, and elections. And,    More >

Political Participation in the Middle East

Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran: Challenging the Status Quo

Abbas Milani and Larry Diamond, editors

Despite the relative calm apparent in Iran today, there is unmistakable evidence of political, social, and cultural ferment stirring beneath the surface. The authors of Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran—a group of scholars, activists, and artists—explore that unrest and its challenge to the legitimacy and stability of the present authoritarian regime. Ranging from political    More >

Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran: Challenging the Status Quo

Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East, 2nd edition

Michele Penner Angrist, editor

This cutting-edge examination of the domestic politics of the Middle East—now thoroughly revised to reflect the events of the Arab Spring—has quickly proven itself ideal for classroom use. The book has been designed to give students tools that will help them to analyze politics in the region not only during the present unsettled period, but also as events unfold. Offering insightful    More >

Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East, 2nd edition

Politics, Parties, and Elections in Turkey

Sabri Sayari and Yilmaz Esmer

The Turkish party system has undergone significant changes since the 1940s, moving from a two-party system to one encompassing nineteen parties— and resulting in a highly fragmented parliament. The contributors to this volume assess the intertwined effects of party fragmentation and voter volatility in Turkey. Presenting a wealth of data, they illuminate the trajectory of democratic    More >

Politics, Parties, and Elections in Turkey

Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies: A Reference Guide

Joseph A. Kéchichian

Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies provides an essential compendium of information regarding the politically charged issue of succession in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Based on scarce source material and a wide range of inside information, this exhaustive reference: traces the rise of each ruling family outlines key    More >

Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies: A Reference Guide

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics

Yehudit Ronen

Libya's enigmatic Muammar Qaddafi demonstrated a perhaps unprecedented capacity for reinvention and survival, particularly in the realm of foreign policy. Yehudit Ronen traces Libya's sometimes tortuous trajectory in international affairs across the four decades of Qaddafi's leadership. Ronen addresses a range of critical issues: oil politics, foreign military adventurism, WMDs,    More >

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics

Qatar: Politics and the Challenges of Development

Matthew Gray

A small isthmus in the central Gulf, with barely 300,000 citizens and a total population of 1.7 million, Qatar has risen rapidly from obscurity to become the world's wealthiest country per capita. Matthew Gray traces this spectacular rise, exploring the development of Qatar's economy, the patterns of its politics, its role on the world stage, and its prospects for the future.    More >

Qatar: Politics and the Challenges of Development

Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism and the State

Mohammed Ayoob and Hasan Kosebalaban, editors

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! What is Wahhabism? What is its relationship with the Saudi state? Does it play a part in Islamist terrorist threats? These are among the complex questions tackled in Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia. Moving from the historical, social, and political contexts in which Wahhabism originated and flourished to its current internal divisions and its impact on    More >

Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism and the State

Syria and the Euro-Mediterranean Relationship

Jörg Michael Dostal and Anja Zorob

What are the likely consequences for Syria of its new European Partnership Agreement?  Addressing this question, the authors examine the origins of the agreement, its aims, and the (political) reasons that it was accepted by Syria despite the potential problems it poses for the national economy.    More >

Syria and the Euro-Mediterranean Relationship

Syria During the Cold War: The East European Connection

Przemysław Gasztold-Seń, Massimiliano Trentin, and Jan Adamec

Along with its close ties with the Soviet Union, Syria maintained important relations with several smaller Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War. The authors of Syria During the Cold War draw on local archival material to illuminate the motivations, developments, and difficulties of the relationships between the regime in Damascus and the governments of Poland, East Germany, and    More >

Syria During the Cold War: The East European Connection

Syria on the Path to Economic Reform

Samir Seifan

Noted Syrian political and economic analyst Samir Seifan provides an overview and assessment of the first five years of President Bashar al-Assad's program for economic reform. Seifan also examines the forces for—and obstacles to—reform in Syria and outlines in detail how the regime's goal of transition to a "social market economy" might best be achieved. The book    More >

Syria on the Path to Economic Reform

Syria’s Contrasting Neighbourhoods: Gentrification and Informal Settlements Juxtaposed

Balsam Ahmad and Yannick Sudermann

Syria's neoliberal public policies have encouraged stark inequalities between the privileged centers and deprived peripheries of its cities. The authors of Syria's Contrasting Neighbourhoods compare and contrast the settlements around Syria's largest city, Aleppo, with the newly developed chic neighborhoods in the old city of Damascus.    More >

Syria’s Contrasting Neighbourhoods: Gentrification and Informal Settlements Juxtaposed

Syria’s Economy and the Transition Paradigm

Samer Abboud and Ferdinand Arslanian

Exploring the recent trajectory of Syria's economy, the authors consider the utility of the transition paradigm—developed to study change in the former communist states—as an explanatory approach. In the first part of the book, Samer Abboud examines Syria's shift to a "social market economy," focusing on similarities in and differences between the Syrian and    More >

Syria’s Economy and the Transition Paradigm

Syrian Foreign Policy and the United States: From Bush to Obama

Raymond Hinnebusch, Marwan J. Kabalan, Bassma Kodmani, and David Lesch

Exploring the evolution of Syrian foreign policy under President Bashar al-Assad, this concise volume focuses on Syria’s relationship with the United States. The authors consider the enduring determinants of Syrian policy, as well as such key issues as the country’s involvement in Lebanon and its stance vis-à-vis the war in Iraq. They also assess the personal role of President    More >

Syrian Foreign Policy and the United States: From Bush to Obama

Syrian Foreign Trade and Economic Reform

Samer Abboud and Salam Said

Does Syria's external trade policy have any significant impact on its internal process of economic reform? Against the backdrop of this question, the authors focus on the country’s engagement with two free-trade regimes—the EU-Mediterranean partnership and GAFTA—as well as on its involvement in several bilateral agreements. They also look specifically at the impact of trade    More >

Syrian Foreign Trade and Economic Reform

Teaching Islam: Textbooks and Religion in the Middle East

Eleanor Abdella Doumato and Gregory Starrett, editors

Much has been made of the role that Saudi Arabia's education system played in fostering the hatred that fueled the September 11 terror attacks. But do Saudi textbooks deserve to be faulted for fostering violence? And have Wahhabi ideas infiltrated the Islamic textbooks used in public schools throughout the Middle East? Confronting these questions, Teaching Islam explores the political and    More >

Teaching Islam: Textbooks and Religion in the Middle East

The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam

Sean Foley

If petroleum buys political legitimacy in the Arab Gulf states, how can we explain the rise of dissent and calls for political reform despite sustained oil revenues? The answer, according to Sean Foley, lies in political, social, and economic dynamics that have been brewing beneath the surface for more than a decade—and that are slowly shifting the balance of political power. While not    More >

The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

David B. Ottaway

After the autocratic regimes in the seemingly unassailable police states of Tunisia and Egypt suddenly collapsed in 2011, the Islamic parties that took over quickly succumbed in turn to further massive uprisings, this time by disaffected secularists and, in the case of Egypt, with the support of the army. What explains this? And why do the current regimes in both countries remain so    More >

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, 2nd edition

Raymond Hinnebusch and Anoushiravan Ehteshami, editors

This new edition of The Foreign Policies of Middle East States reflects the momentous events and shifting dynamics that have occurred in the region in the nearly fifteen years since the first edition was published. Working within a common analytical framework, the authors offer a theoretically grounded, systematic examination of the foreign policies of eleven states.    More >

The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, 2nd edition

The Great Powers in the Middle East, 1919-1939

Uriel Dann, editor

Perhaps the most critical period in the development of modern Middle Eastern politics occurred between the two world wars. Britain and France vied for influence and control in the region by making conflicting promises to the leaders of emergent Arab nationalism as well as to those bent on building a Jewish national home in Palestine. With the rise of Hitler, the area took on increased strategic    More >

The Great Powers in the Middle East, 1919-1939

The Kurds of Iraq: Building a State Within a State

Ofra Bengio

Ofra Bengio explores the dynamics of relations between the Kurds of Iraq and the Iraqi state from the inception of the Baath regime to the present. Bengio draws on a wealth of rich source materials to carefully trace the evolution of Kurdish national identity in Iraq. Dissecting the socioeconomic, political, and ideological transformations that Iraqi Kurdish society has undergone across some    More >

The Kurds of Iraq: Building a State Within a State

The Palestinian People: Seeking Sovereignty and State

Mustafa Kabha

Mustafa Kabha plumbs the complex story of the Palestinian people, from the revolts of 1936-1939 to the present, focusing on their efforts to establish a viable independent state—and the internal factors that have thwarted them. With unparalleled access to primary sources, as well as secondary material in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, Kabha provides an abundance of new information in a    More >

The Palestinian People: Seeking Sovereignty and State

The Politics of Human Rights in Egypt and Jordan

Bosmat Yefet

Why did human rights claims have such a limited impact on the authoritarian status quo in the Middle East prior to the Arab Spring—and why are they so often thwarted now? What factors have shaped human rights debates and outcomes in the region? Addressing these questions, Bosmat Yefet offers a comparative analysis, both empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated, of the forces    More >

The Politics of Human Rights in Egypt and Jordan

The Politics of Sacred Space: The Old City of Jerusalem in the Middle East Conflict

Michael Dumper

Sacred to three traditions, the Old City of Jerusalem is the Gordian knot at the center of the Middle East conflict. This book explores how religious and political interests compete for control of this sacred space, and how that competition affects the Middle East peace process. Dumper analyzes the religious dynamics in the Old City in political terms, investigating rivalries and tensions at    More >

The Politics of Sacred Space: The Old City of Jerusalem in the Middle East Conflict

The State and the Political Economy of Reform in Syria

Raymond Hinnebusch and Søren Schmidt

This volume explores the development of Syria's political economy under the Baath, particularly the role of the state in facilitating or obstructing economic development. Raymond Hinnebusch provides a brief overview of the literature and debates on the issue. His examination of Syria's political economy under populism (1963-2000) is followed by Søren Schmidt's analysis of the    More >

The State and the Political Economy of Reform in Syria

The Syrian Uprising: Dynamics of an Insurgency

Carsten Wieland, Adam Almqvist, and Helena Nassif

Dissecting Syria's ongoing insurgency from three perspectives—focusing on missed opportunities during the 2000s, transnational cyberactivism, and the profound impact of a famous Syrian actress's complex loyalties—the authors of The Syrian Uprising cast light on the underlying causes and early developments of the civil war. The book also includes a presidential advisory    More >

The Syrian Uprising: Dynamics of an Insurgency

The United Arab Emirates: A Study in Survival

Christopher M. Davidson

The United Arab Emirates has remained a mainstay of stability in an increasingly volatile Middle East, managing to maintain a traditional polity despite the impact of rapid modernization and globalization. This in-depth study explores the many contradictions that characterize the UAE and its position within the international system.   Davidson first provides a detailed historical    More >

The United Arab Emirates: A Study in Survival

The Whistleblower of Dimona: Israel, Vanunu, and the Bomb

Yoel Cohen

In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu, a technician at Israel's highly secret nuclear arms research center at Dimona, disclosed highly classified details about Israel's nuclear arms program to the London Sunday Times. As a result, Vanunu was kidnapped from London and taken back to Israel where, after a closed- door trial, he was sentenced to eighteen years imprisonment for espionage and    More >

The Whistleblower of Dimona: Israel, Vanunu, and the Bomb

Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition

Ronald H. Linden, Ahmet O. Evin, Kemal Kirişci, Thomas Straubhaar, Nathalie Tocci, Juliette Tolay, Joshua W. Walker

Recent years have seen dramatic changes in the nature, direction, and impact of Turkey's foreign relations in its neighborhood—a region that encompasses Europe, the Middle East, the Black and Caspian seas, and the Caucasus. The authors of this original collection explore those changes, the causes behind them, and their impact on Turkey's ties with its traditional allies in the    More >

Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition

Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, 4th edition

Jillian Schwedler, editor

The fourth edition of Understanding the Contemporary Middle East is fully revised and updated throughout to reflect the still-unfolding impact of the Arab Spring, the changing international environment, the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and much more. The book also includes an entirely new chapter on the role of women in the Middle East. Maps, photographs, and details of basic    More >

Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, 4th edition

What Is Political Islam?

Jocelyne Cesari

The debate continues unabated: Is political Islam decipherable through the tenets of the Islamic tradition—or is it a tool of secular actors who shrewdly misuse religious references? Is it an expression of modernity, or a return to the past? Eschewing these dichotomies, Jocelyne Cesari demystifies the continuous process of interaction between secular and religious actors and institutions    More >

What Is Political Islam?

Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World

Mohammed M. Hafez, with a foreword by Fred Halliday

Now available in paperback! Rejecting theories of economic deprivation and psychological alienation, Mohammed Hafez offers a provocative analysis of the factors that contribute to protracted violence in the Muslim world today. Hafez combines a sophisticated theoretical approach and detailed case studies to show that the primary source of Islamist insurgencies lies in the repressive political    More >

Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World

Women, Islam, and Resistance in the Arab World

Maria Holt and Haifaa Jawad

How are women in the Arab world negotiating the male-dominated character of Islamist movements? Is their participation in the Islamic political project—including violent resistance against foreign invasion and occupation—the result of coercion, or of choice? Questioning assumptions about female powerlessness in Muslim societies, Maria Holt and Haifaa Jawad explore the resistance    More >

Women, Islam, and Resistance in the Arab World

Working Toward Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, editor

Addressing the trust deficit that has developed between the people of Afghanistan and the international community, the authors of this book grapple with key issues related to the implementation of a draw-down strategy. Their analyses and recommendations cover a broad range of topics, including Afghanistan's security environment, governance and the rule of law, the role of civil society,    More >

Working Toward Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan

Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908–2014

Haggai Erlich

Though there is much discussion of the role of youth in recent upheavals in the Middle East, there are few serious analyses of just what that role has been. Haggai Erlich sheds important light on this topic, focusing on the activism of educated young people in creating revolutionary change and the part played by higher education in shaping new generations of youth. Moving from the nineteenth    More >

Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908–2014