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

Michele Penner Angrist, editor
Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East, 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-805-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-865-0
2019/551 pages/LC: 2019001771
Praise for the previous editions:

"One of the most lucidly written, highly objective surveys on the politics of the Middle East ... available today." —Elhum Haghighat, Review of Middle East Studies

"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


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 Arab Spring uprisings now viewed with the perspective of time, this new edition also provides an accessible analysis of the longer-term political currents, changes, and dynamics set in motion by those dramatic events. Offering insightful analyses and a wealth of accessible information, it encourages comparative, critical thinking by students at all levels.


Michele Penner Angrist is professor of political science and dean of studies at Union College.


  • The Making of Middle East Politics—M.P. Angrist.
  • Governments and Oppositions—M. El-Ghobashy and M.P. Angrist
  • The Impact of International Politics—F.G. Gause III and C.R. Ryan.
  • 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 and D. Higgins.
  • CASES.
  • Algeria—Y.H. Zoubir.
  • Egypt—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.