Contemporary Politics in the Middle East / Edition 3

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Overview

The second 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, 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 political Islam, American foreign policy, 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Milton-Edwards' book will be of particular value to undergraduate students and lay readers interested in a balanced, comprehensive overview of the region. It is delivered clearly and, overall, engagingly." (Australian Journal of Political Science)

"The genius of this book is that it integrates the different themes which run through Middle Eastern politics. The coherence of the approach adopted by the author is indicated by the manner in which she has updated the work in this second edition. Despite the substantial changes which the East has undergone since 9/11 and the 2003 Gulf War, the original line of analysis retains all its force. It remains a key reference for all those who are seeking to understand the region's politics, whether undergraduates, postgraduates or lay readers."
—Tim Niblock, Exeter University

"I welcome the new edition of this comprehensive guide to the politics of such an important region of the world. It combines sensible generalizations with useful case studies of particularly important subjects. It is a must for all who wish to understand the complex politics of the modern Middle East."
—Roger Owen, Harvard University

"Beverley Milton-Edwards has produced an excellent book, which is both wide-ranging in its coverage and punchy in its arguments. As such, its functions are dual. It works well as a textbook, introducing the general reader to key themes in the contemporary region, from oil politics to ethnicity, to women and nationalism. But it also works as a running commentary on key debates, such as the role of colonialism and the relationship between Islam and democracy. In short, this is a book with attitude."
—Philip Robins, St Antony's College, Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745652306
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverley Milton-Edwards isReader in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Colonial Rule 15
Case study: Egypt 31
Case study: the Palestinian debacle 34
2 Nationalism 41
Case study: Egyptian nationalism 61
Case study: Ba'thism - unification or state nationalism? 64
3 Political Economy: Riches of a Region 68
Case study: mega-economy Kuwait-style 87
Case study: econo-dependent development Egyptian-style 89
4 War and Lack of Peace 93
Case study: Egypt and Israel - the cold peace 114
Case study: the Oslo breakthrough 116
5 Past, Present and Future Politics: Political Islam 121
Case study: the Iranian Revolution 138
Case study: Palestinian Islamists - Hamas 140
6 Democratization: Old Politics, New Problems 145
Case study: Jordan - a facade democracy 165
Case study: Algeria - the wrong kind of democracy 168
7 Women: The Invisible Population 173
Case study: Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip 188
Case study: From beyond the veil - Iran since the Revolution 190
8 Ethnicity and Minorities 195
Case study: the Kurds' rights denied 213
Case study: the Alwites of Syria 215
Epilogue: The Middle East and the Twenty-first Century 219
Bibliography 229
Index 248
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