The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

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“Provides both a wealth of detail on the individual countries of the region and
insights into such common elements as political institutionalization, and social and class structure. Comprehensive in scope and clear in style.” —James Piscatori, Durham University

“No doubt this is the best and most comprehensive textbook on the Middle East in the English language.” —Raymond Habiby, Oklahoma State University

“The editors have recruited expert academic ...

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Overview


Praise for Previous Editions

“Provides both a wealth of detail on the individual countries of the region and
insights into such common elements as political institutionalization, and social and class structure. Comprehensive in scope and clear in style.” —James Piscatori, Durham University

“No doubt this is the best and most comprehensive textbook on the Middle East in the English language.” —Raymond Habiby, Oklahoma State University

“The editors have recruited expert academic scholars who provide lucidly written essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers—from laypeople to Middle East specialists. Highly recommended.” —Choice

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa continues to provide comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the domestic politics and foreign policies of all countries in this crucial region. An introductory chapter written by Mark Gasiorowski offers a comparative overview of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa to provide readers with preliminary traction in the region’s political landscape. Invited specialists contribute authoritative overviews of the government and politics of each country using a common framework to create consistency throughout the book, examining each country’s historical background, political environment, political structure and dynamics, and foreign policy. Chapters are augmented by a map of each country, a box providing crucial facts, and an annotated bibliography summarizing the major literature. 

The seventh edition has been revised throughout to reflect recent substantial changes in each country. In addition, the authors provide vital new considerations of major developments, including events related to the Arab Spring, the US pullout from Iraq, and the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict.

Mark Gasiorowski is professor of political science at Tulane University. He specializes in the politics of Iran and the Middle East region. His notable publications include US Foreign Policy and the Shah: Building a Client State in Iran, Neither East Nor West: Iran, The Soviet Union, and the United States, and Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran

Former editor David E. Long is a consultant on the Middle East and counterterrorism and has taught and lectured extensively on the Middle East. 

Former editor Bernard Reich is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

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Praise for the Prior Editons:

"Provides both a wealth of detail on the individual countries of the region and acute insights into such common elements as political institutionalization, and social and class structure. Comprehensive in scope and clear in style."
James Piscatori, Oxford University

"The coverage is broad and systematic. The individual treatments are always lucid and well informed. … The authors have succeeded in highlighting those facts of long histories which are most relevant to those who are present- and policy-oriented. The book as a whole is an excellent summing up of the politics of the Middle East … one which serves as an introduction to the beginner and as a reference and point of departure for the specialist."
Middle East Journal

"No doubt this is the best and most comprehensive textbook on the Middle East in the English language."
Raymond Habiby, Oklahoma State University

"The best of the general, state-by-state studies of the Arab world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The country chapters are a good starting point for comparison.…An excellent anchor for a comparative course on the region."
Martin W. Sampson, University of Minnesota

"The editors have recruited expert academic scholars who provide lucidly written essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers—from laypeople to Middle East specialists. Highly recommended."
Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813348650
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,032,960
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Gasiorowski is professor of political science at Tulane University. He specializes in the politics of Iran and the Middle East region. His notable publications include US Foreign Policy and the Shah: Building a Client State in Iran, (with Nikki Keddie) Neither East Nor West: Iran, The Soviet Union, and the United States, and (with Malcolm Byrne) Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran

Former editor David E. Long is a consultant on the Middle East and counterterrorism and has taught and lectured extensively on the Middle East. 

Former editor Bernard Reich is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Middle Eastern and North African State in Comparative Perspective,
Mark Gasiorowski

2. Republic of Turkey,
Henri J. Barkey and Omer Taspinar

3. Islamic Republic of Iran,
Mark Gasiorowski

4. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
Sebastian Maisel

5. Republic of Iraq,
Judith S. Yaphe

6. Eastern Arabian States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman,
Jill Crystal

7. Republic of Yemen,
Robert D. Burrowes

8. Republic of Lebanon,
William Harris

9. Syrian Arab Republic,
Raymond Hinnebusch and David W. Lesch

10. Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan,
Curtis R. Ryan

11. State of Israel,
David H. Goldberg

12. The Palestinians,
Glenn E. Robinson

13. Arab Republic of Egypt,
Joshua Stracher

14. Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,
Mary-Jane Deeb

15. Kingdom of Morocco,
Gregory W. White

16. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria,
Azzedine Layachi

17. Tunisia,
Christopher Alexander

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