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

Michele Penner Angrist, editor
Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-908-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-207-8
2013/550 pages/LC: 2013003035
"One of the most lucidly written, highly objective surveys on the politics of the Middle East ... available today."—Elhum Haghighat, RoMES

Praise for the previous edition:

"This is one of the best surveys of Middle East politics. Highly recommended."—Choice

"Excellent.... An extremely clear and comprehensive introduction to the politics of the Middle East, far superior to other available texts."—Samer Shehata, Georgetown University

"An excellent text.... The important themes that are established in the early chapters are carried consistently through the country cases that follow. And all is written in a style that will be easily accessible, even enjoyable, to students."—Ellen Lust, Yale University


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 analyses and a wealth of accessible information, it encourages comparative, critical thinking by students at all levels.


Michele Penner Angrist is associate professor of political science at Union College. She is author of Party Building in the Modern Middle East and coeditor (with Marsha Pripstein Posusney) of Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Regimes and Resistance.


  • The Making of Middle East Politics—M.P. Angrist.
  • Governments and Oppositions—M. El-Ghobashy.
  • The Impact of International Politics—F.G. Gause III.
  • Political Economy—P.W. Moore.
  • Civil Society—S. Carapico.
  • Religion and Politics—J. Schwedler.
  • Identity and Politics—D.S. Patel.
  • Gender and Politics—D. Singerman.
  • CASES.
  • Algeria—Y.H. Zoubir.
  • Egypt—N.J. Brown, E.E. Shahin, and J. Stacher.
  • Iran—A. Keshavarzian.
  • Iraq—F.H. Lawson.
  • Israel—A. Dowty.
  • Jordan—C.R. Ryan.
  • Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates—M. Herb.
  • Palestine—N.J. Brown.
  • Saudi Arabia—G. Okruhlik.
  • Syria—F.H. Lawson.
  • Turkey—M.J. Patton.
  • Trends and Prospects—M.P. Angrist.