Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion

Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion

by Laleh Khalili
     
 

The emergence of the modern Middle East has been accompanied by a concentration of coercive power in the state. Although the region has encompassed numerous Mukhabarat (secret police) states, extensive policing and carceral regimes, and widespread use of torture and spectacular punishments, and although its prisons and policing practices are regularly condemned by

Overview

The emergence of the modern Middle East has been accompanied by a concentration of coercive power in the state. Although the region has encompassed numerous Mukhabarat (secret police) states, extensive policing and carceral regimes, and widespread use of torture and spectacular punishments, and although its prisons and policing practices are regularly condemned by human rights organisations, surprisingly few analyses explore the emergence of these grim institutions.

This volume is the first to examine systematically practices of policing and incarceration in the modern Middle East, the emergence of modern policing and prisons and their continued predominance. It offers a useful lens through which the complexity of state power and the contours of popular contentious politics can be read.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Laleh Khalili and Jillian Schwedler's edited volume enable us to read the world of recent uprisings in far more sophisticated ways than would otherwise be possible."—Paul Amar, Arab Studies Journal

"An innovative and exciting approach to the study of power and its exercise, dynamics, and effects. Each chapter contributes important empirical and conceptual insights into the study of prisons and policing in the Middle East. Indeed, the wealth of new empirical material is very impressive."—Nichola Pratt, author of Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World

"This volume sets a new standard for scholarship on this subject. While political violence, authoritarianism, and other variations of unrepresentative rule are rife throughout the Middle East, the empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated essays in this collection are a refreshing alternative to scholarship that treats these phenomena as explanatory or emblematic."—Lisa Hajjar, University of California, author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza

Arab Studies Journal - Paul Amar

Laleh Khalili and Jillian Schwedler's edited volume enable us to read the world of recent uprisings in far more sophisticated ways than would otherwise be possible.

Arab Studies Journal
Laleh Khalili and Jillian Schwedler's edited volume enable us to read the world of recent uprisings in far more sophisticated ways than would otherwise be possible.

— Paul Amar

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849040570
Publisher:
C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Charles Tripp

Theoretically informed, critical and empirically rich, this book succeeds in throwing light into dark corners and shows the cruelty and inhumanity that lurk behind institutions that many take for granted.

Lisa Hajjar

This volume sets a new standard for scholarship on this subject. While political violence, authoritarianism, and other variations of unrepresentative rule are rife throughout the Middle East, the empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated essays in this collection are a refreshing alternative to scholarship that treats these phenomena as explanatory or emblematic.

Lisa Anderson

This eye-opening collection offers new insights into the exercise and experience of power in the recent and contemporary Middle East. From nomads who transgress state borders to political activists who contest political limits, this book explores who draws those lines, who enforces them, and what happens to those who cross them. A fascinating, provocative, and sobering treatment.

Nichola Pratt

An innovative and exciting approach to the study of power and its exercise, dynamics, and effects. Each chapter contributes important empirical and conceptual insights into the study of prisons and policing in the Middle East. Indeed, the wealth of new empirical material is very impressive.

Meet the Author

Laleh Khalili is Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics at SOAS, and the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: the Politics of National Commemoration.

Jillian Schwedler is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and most recently the author of Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen.

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