Contemporary Politics in the Middle East

ISBN-10: 074565231X

ISBN-13: 9780745652313

Edition: 3rd 2011

Authors: Beverley Milton-Edwards

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Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 5/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface to Third Edition
What is the Middle East?
Who invented the Middle East?
Orientalism - the debate
State types: making sense of multiplicity
Discussion questions
Further reading
Colonial Rule
Merchants and missionaries
World War I and the death of the Ottoman Empire
1918 and after: mandates, protectorates and continued colonization
Inter-war European decline
Sunset empire
Case study: Egypt - Gateway to riches
Case study: The Palestine d�b�cle
Case study: Algeria - a colony or province outre mer?
Discussion questions
Further reading
The development of nationalism
The birth of Arab nationalism
The Arab revolt
Arab nationalism and revolution
Unification nationalism: the United Arab Republic and beyond
Case study: Egyptian nationalism
Case study: Ba'thism - unification or state nationalism?
Discussion questions
Further reading
Political Economy: Riches of a Region
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief
Many models make poor work
Evolution of oil-based economies
Sheikhdoms and petro-power
Rentier futures, profit in decline?
On the wings of a dove - the migrant workforce
Case study: Mega-economy Kuwaiti style
Case study: Econo-dependent development Egyptian-style
Case study: The great globalization debate
Discussion questions
Further reading
War and Lack of Peace
The bigger battle: Arab-Israeli hostility
Killing dreams: the Israeli-Palestinian dimension
East against West in the Suez Crisis
Arab-Arab: brothers at arms
The lion and the peacock: Arab-Iranian relations
Lebanon - the politics of a deeply divided society
Case study: Egypt and Israel - the Cold Peace
Case study: al-Qaeda
Case study: Back to Iraq
Discussion questions
Further reading
Past, Present and Future Politics: Political Islam
Islam and Politics
Thoroughly modern Muslims
Muslim Brotherhood
Radical and fundamentalist Islam
Twenty-first-century Muslim
Case study: The Islamic Republic of Iran
Case study: Palestinian Islamists - Hamas
Case study: Hizbollah
Discussion questions
Further reading
Democratization: Old Politics, New Problems
Clash of civilizations
Democratization or liberalization?
Socio-economic indicators
Democracy and civil society
Islamism and democracy - an oxymoron?
From democracy to ethnocracy in Israel
Case study: Jordan - a fa�ade democracy
Case study: Algeria - the wrong kind of democracy
Case Study: Morocco model?
Discussion questions
Further reading
Women: The Invisible Population
The role of women in nationalist movements
Identity and independence: status issues
Women and Islam
Subjugation through wealth and work
Feminism and gender discourses
Case study: Palestinian women in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip
Case study: From beyond the veil - Iran since the Revolution
Case study: Turkey, the state of women
Discussion questions
Further reading
Ethnicity and Minorities
Defining ethnicity
Minority status
The state and ethnicity
Ethno-national and religious battles
Conflict-management and regulation
Case study: The Kurds' rights denied
Case study: The Alawites of Syria
Case study: Israel's Arabs
Discussion questions
Further reading
Them and Us: The United States, EU and the Middle East
Objective national interest
Relations and rivalries
Burger bars and belly dancers
American foreign policy from Ground Zero
Europe, the EU and the Middle East
Case study: America and Israel
Case study: America and Saudi Arabia: oil on troubled waters
Case study: The US and Iran
Discussion questions
Further reading
Epilogue: The Middle East and the Twenty-first Century
The colonial legacy? East-West relations
The future Arab nation
The political economy matrix
Carry on conflict
Political Islam: the politics of the future
Sisters doing it for themselves
Ethnic equations
Never Alone
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