The Middle East Today: Political, Geographical and Cultural Perspectives / Edition 1

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"The Middle East Today is an accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography. The book features a host of pedagogical features to assist students with their learning. These include detailed maps, case studies on key issues, boxed sections and suggestions for further reading." "The book highlights the current issues facing the Middle East, linking them to the rich political, geographical and cultural history of the region. The author examines the crises and conflicts, both current and potential, likely to dominate the region in coming years." Designed both to introduce and to develop a deeper understanding of this rapidly changing region, The Middle East Today is an essential text for all students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography.
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'This textbook provides a clearly written, concise introduction to the modern Middle East. Short, easy-to-digest pieces are augmented by textbooks and maps, exploring all aspects of the region from politics and government, to history, geography, and various cultural perspectives. While perhaps too advanced for some high school students, this book would find a home in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes or libraries meant to support them, and is also suitable for many university level survey courses on the Middle East.'Middle East Outreach Council, Honorable Mention, Fall 2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415772433
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Dona J. Stewart is adjunct professor at the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Formerly she directed the Middle East Institute, at Georgia State University (US). She was a Fulbright scholar in Jordan and student at the American University in Cairo.

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Table of Contents

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List of maps

List of boxes

Pt. I Introduction to the Region 1

1 The Middle East and North Africa: Between Image and Reality 3

2 The Geography of the Middle East and North Africa 16

Pt. II Emergence and Evolution of the Region 41

3 The Contemporary State Systems 43

4 Historical Foundations 61

5 The Making of the Modern Middle East 86

6 The Emergence of Independent States and Geopolitics 102

7 Contemporary Islamist Thought 126

Pt. III Contemporary Issues and Challenges 141

8 Economic Challenges 143

9 The Arab-Israeli Conflicts: A Conflict Resolution Perspective 157

10 Civil Society, Media and Democratic Reform 177

Pt. IV The Future of the Region 191

11 The Coming Challenges: Key Issues to Watch 193

Bibliography 201

Index 207

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