An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, Religion, Political Economy, Politics / Edition 1

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Combining essential themes in the discipline of comparative politics with a country-by-country analysis, author David S. Sorenson provides a complete and accessible introduction to the modern Middle East. While emphasizing politics, the text dedicates separate chapters specifically to the history, religions, and political economy of the region. These introductory chapters together constitute an important thematic overview and orientation for each of the book’s individual country chapters, including countries of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa. In each country chapter, a brief political history is followed by discussions of democratization, religious politics, women’s issues, civil society, economic development, privatization, and foreign relations. Throughout the book, “Images”-short vignettes based on the author’s personal observations during his extensive travels in the Middle East-offer readers a chance for personal reflection on the topics discussed in each chapter.
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"This is no ordinary textbook on the Middle East. It has a story to tell, and does so by evoking images and providing anecdotes that are culturally sensitive and insightful. This book is rich in content. It draws on religion, politics, economics, and geography to provide a comprehensive and balanced analytical perspective. I will definitely use it in my classrooms, and recommend it to anyone interested in the Middle East."
Hamoud Salhi, California State University, Dominguez Hills

"This is a superbly tailored introductory survey of the contemporary Middle East. It is comprehensive, well written, sufficiently rigorous, and remarkably objective. Students will find its thematic framework a great help as they analyze and compare over sixteen country case studies. Sorenson’s creative approach and impeccable scholarship in this text are sure to set the standards for years to come."
Abdalla M. Battah, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343990
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David S. Sorenson is professor of national security studies at the US Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Professor Sorenson formerly served on the faculties of Denison University and the University of Colorado at Denver, and was a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Ohio State University. The author or editor of numerous works on Middle East politics, defense budget politics, and national security affairs, Professor Sorenson has also served as Chair of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, and Chair of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association.
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Table of Contents

Section I: The Historical, Religious, Economic, and Political Foundations of the Middle East
1. The Modern History of the Middle East
2. Religion in the Middle East
3. The Political Economy of the Middle East
4. Politics in the Middle East

Section II: The Countries of the Arabian Peninsula and Arabian Gulf Area
5. Saudi Arabia
6. The Persian Gulf Emirates
7. Yemen
8. Iran
9. Iraq

Section III: The Countries of the Eastern Mediterranean
10. Egypt
11. Turkey
12. Syria
13. Lebanon
14. Israel
15. Jordan
16. Palestine

Section IV: The Countries of North Africa
17. Tunisia
18. Libya
19. Morocco
20. Algeria

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