Contemporary Politics in the Middle East / Edition 3by Beverley Milton-Edwards
Pub. Date: 06/21/2011
The third edition of this dynamic book has been fully revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary politics in the Middle East. Purposefully employing a clear thematic structure and including a wide range of case studies, data, visuals and further reading guidance the book explores and analyses the major issues which define the
The third edition of this dynamic book has been fully revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary politics in the Middle East. Purposefully employing a clear thematic structure and including a wide range of case studies, data, visuals and further reading guidance the book explores and analyses the major issues which define the politics of this region of the globe.
Milton-Edwards begins by introducing and explaining key concepts and debates and goes on to outline the impact of colonialism and its legacy, the rise of Arab nationalism and anti-colonial politics. She then examines major political issues affecting the region, such as American foreign policy, political Islam, war and conflict, political economy, democratization, ethnicity and the role of women. The book concludes by highlighting the politics of the region in the twenty-first century and the future challenges it faces. This is a perfect introduction for undergraduates, covering key political, economic and social debates and providing updates and guidance for further reading.
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Table of Contents
Preface to Second Edition.
What is the Middle East?
Orientalism - the debate.
State types: making sense of multiplicity.
1 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.
The development of nationalism.
The birth of Arab nationalism.
The Arab revolt.
The Arab nationalism and revolution.
Unification nationalism: the United Arab Republic and beyond.
3 Political Economy: Riches of a Region.
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief.
Many models make poor work.
Evolution of oil-based economies.
Sheikdoms and petro-power.
Rentier futures, profit in decline?
On the wings of a dove: the migrant workforce.
4 War and Lack of Peace.
The bigger battle: Arab-Israeli hostility.
Killing dreams: the Israeli-Palestinian dimension.
Wast 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.
5 Past, Present and Future Politics: Political Islam.
Islam and politics.
Thoroughly modern Muslims.
Radical and fundamentalist Islam.
6 Democratization: Old Politics, New Problems.
Clash of civilizations.
Democratization or liberalization?
Democracy and civil society.
Islam and democracy - an oxymoron?
From democracy to ethnocracy in Israel.
7 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.
8 Ethnicity and Minorities.
The state and identity.
Ethno-national and religious battles.
Conflict-management and regulation.
9 The United States and the Middle East: Pax Americana?
Objective national interest.
Relations and rivalries.
Burger bars and belly dancers.
American foreign policy from ground zero.
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.
Decline of democratization.
Sisters doing it for themselves.
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