Jordan: Living in the Crossfire

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Drawing on numerous visits to the country and interviews with a diversity of people, including King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's reasonably stable monarchical system, unlike that in most Arab countries, has allowed the halting development of civil society and maintained control through the skillful co-option of opponents rather than heavy-handed reliance on its secret police. What is daily life like? How do its parliamentary system and political parties work? How free are the media? What are the ...

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Overview

Drawing on numerous visits to the country and interviews with a diversity of people, including King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's reasonably stable monarchical system, unlike that in most Arab countries, has allowed the halting development of civil society and maintained control through the skillful co-option of opponents rather than heavy-handed reliance on its secret police. What is daily life like? How do its parliamentary system and political parties work? How free are the media? What are the future prospects of this buffer "state without a nation"?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842774717
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Alan George is a jourbanalist and former Assistant Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU).

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Table of Contents

1 'Fulfilling our promises' : the creation of Jordan 3
2 'Neither Democrat nor demagogue' : Jordan under King Hussain 21
3 'Bread before freedom' : Jordan under King Abdullah II 47
4 Abdullah bin Al-Hussain - king 83
5 Barjas al-Hadid - tribal Shaikh 93
6 Rajai Khoury - businessman 103
7 'Abd al-Fatah al-Bustani - dentist 113
8 Abu Muhammad - taxi driver 123
9 Awad ash-Shubaiki - farmer 133
10 Anisa Salim - refugee 143
11 The 'stratified elite' : the royal family and royal court 155
12 'Strengthening the moderate majority' : parliament and parties 173
13 'The basis of governance' : the legal system 190
14 The sky's the limit : the media 206
15 'Investing in a mobile resource' : higher education 223
16 Visions and realities : the future 240
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