Democracy In the Balance: Culture and Society In the Middle East / Edition 1

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Drawing on the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, and cultural anthropology, as well as an extensive bibliography of recent publications in Middle Eastern studies, Democracy in the Balance provides a comprehensive survey of the social and cultural dynamics of the Middle East, while its author sounds an impassioned call for the fundamental changes that are needed if democracy is to take root and eventually thrive in the region.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
1 The Social Origins of Democracy 1
The Debate over Democracy 2
Democratization and Political Crafting 9
Civil Society in Comparative Perspective 16
Democracy in the Middle East 31
2 Social Forces and Institutions 40
Social Forces 41
Social Institutions 49
3 Social Classes 82
Urban Social Classes 90
Rural Social Classes 117
4 Social Change 131
Causes of Social Change 134
Manifestations of Social Change 145
5 Popular Culture 168
Islam 170
Culture of Confusion 176
Culture of Wasted Energies 184
Culture of Virility 189
Rural Culture 196
6 Political Culture 201
Islam 204
The Cult of Personality 213
7 Conclusion 224
Notes 232
Bibliography 266
Index 292
About the Author 300
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