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Over-Stating the Arab State Politics and Society in the Middle East

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ISBN-10: 1850438285

ISBN-13: 9781850438281

Edition: 1996

Authors: Nazih N. Ayubi

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Ayubi's study of politics and the role of the state in the Arab world will be a key text for students of Middle East politics. His objective is to place the Arab world within a theoretical framework that avoids orientalist and fundamentalist labels.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 9/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

The Middle East and the state debate - a conceptual framework: the state debate
The state in comparative perspective
The non-individualistic path to the state
The Arabs and the issue of the state
Schematic argument and conceptual framework
Modes of production and the origins of the Arabo-Islamic state: modes of production and social formations
The ancient Near-Eastern state and the "Asiatic mode of production"
Early Islamic Arabia and the nomadic/conquestal mode of production
The Umayyads and the lineage/"iqta'i" symbiosis
The Abbasids and the "iqta'i"/mercantile symbiosis
The Ottomans and the military/"iqta'i" symbiosis
The articulation of modes of production in the historical Arabo-Islamic state
Politics and ideology in the historical Arabo-Islamic state
State formation in the modern era - the colonial/indigenous mix: the European encroachment
A colonial mode of production?
State formation in Egypt
State formation in the Levant
State formation in North Africa
State formation in Arabia and the Gulf
The Arab state - territorial or pan-Arabist?: the pan-Arabist ideology
Pan-Arabism and the "state"
The regional/functional approach
The "missing bourgeoisie" and the future of Arab unity
The sociology of articulated modes - community, class and polity: political culture or political economy?
Social correlates of articulated modes
A closer look at social class
Corporatism and state - society relations
The political system of articulated forms - the radical, populist republics: socialism or "elatisme"?
Corporatist devices - macro and micro
Arab populisms in comparative perspective
The political system of articulated forms - the conservative, kin-ordered monarchies: rentier economies, rentier states
Politics and ideology - the kinship/religion symbiosis
"political tribalism" - or corporatism Gulf-style
Civil-military relations: causes for military intervention
Explaining the decline in coups
The radical republics and the military-industrial complex
The conservative monarchies and the military-tribal complex
Bureaucratic growth - development versus control: expansion in the economic role of the state
Bureaucratic growth in the Arab countries
Eexplaining the expansion
The control functions of Arab bureaucracies
Economic liberalization and privatization - is the Arab state contracting?: modalities or privatization
Domestic versus international stimuli
Country cases
Arab liberalizations in comparative perspective
The politics of economic adjustment
Prospects for democracy - is the civil society striking back?: cultural and intellectual requisites for democracy
Socio-economic requisites for democracy
Political correlates of economic liberalization
Country cases
The Yemeni adventure
Public/private, civil/civic
Conclusion - the "strong", the "hard" and the "fierce"