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Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity

Joseph Kostiner, editor
Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity
ISBN: 978-1-55587-862-7
ISBN: 978-1--62637-393-8
2000/344 pages/LC: 99-051384
"The general reader will find useful and succinct accounts of monarchies of great political, security, and energy policy importance, This high-quality book, which also contributes to the theoretical debate on statism in political science, is highly recommended for general and college collections."—Choice


Though monarchies have been deemed obsolete by many observers, recent history testifies to their profound resilience. This volume offers an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals and performance of monarchies in the Middle East.  The authors focus on four themes: the roots and characteristics of Middle East monarchies, the causes of the collapse of some and the longevity of others, the performance of present-day monarchies, and the multiplicity of  problems that they face. Case studies and comparative essays illustrate the varying capacities of the region’s monarchies to cope with the successive challenges of modernity during the course of the twentieth century. 


Joseph Kostiner, now deceased, was associate professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies and senior research associate at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. His many publications include The Making of Saudi Arabia: From Chieftaincy to Monarchical State, Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (coedited with P. S. Khoury), and Yemen: The Tortuous Quest for Unity, 1990-1994.


  • Introduction—J. Kostiner.
  • Monarchy in the Middle East—B. Lewis.
  • Post-Ottoman Arab Monarchies: Old Bottles, New Labels?—A. Ayalon.
  • Why Did Arab Monarchies Fall? An Analysis of Old and New Explanations—B. Maddy-Weitzman.
  • Dynasts and Nationalists: Why Monarchies Survive—L. Anderson.
  • Patterns of Monarchy in the Middle East—G. Ben-Dor.
  • CASES,
  • Jordan: The Hashemite Success Story—A. Susser.
  • Morocco: A Political System in Quest of a New Equilibrium—R. Leveau.
  • State Formation and the Saudi Monarchy—J. Kostiner and J. Teitelbaum.
  • The Kuwaiti Royal Family in the Postliberation Period: Reinstitutionalizing the "First Among Equals" System—U. Rabi.
  • The Persistence of Monarchy in the Arabian Peninsula—F.G. Gause III.
  • The Throne in the Sultanate of Oman—J.A. Kechichian.
  • The Persian Monarchy and the Islamic Republic—D. Menashri.
  • Gulf Monarchies as Rentier States: The Nationalization Policies of the Labor Force—O. Winckler.
  • Good Counsel to the King: The Islamist Opposition in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Morocco—G. Krämer.
  • Monarchies in the Middle East: A Concluding Appraisal—F. Halliday.