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Interpreting the Middle East: Essential Themes
     

Interpreting the Middle East: Essential Themes

by David S. Sorenson
 

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ISBN-10: 0813344409

ISBN-13: 9780813344409

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: Avalon Publishing

Contemporary approaches to comparative studies of the Middle East increasingly recognize how globalization and regional mass communication have blurred differences across countries. Populations travel across national borders and compare narratives about political change, economic futures, and the role of the outside world in shaping their lives. Organized by five

Overview

Contemporary approaches to comparative studies of the Middle East increasingly recognize how globalization and regional mass communication have blurred differences across countries. Populations travel across national borders and compare narratives about political change, economic futures, and the role of the outside world in shaping their lives. Organized by five principal themes of a regional overview, politics, political economy, social contexts, and the international dimensions of Middle East issues, Interpreting the Middle East provides a vibrant introduction to the Middle East that is compatible with this regionalist perspective. Invited authorities contribute insightful and accessible original discussions of headline-fresh issues, including the aftermath of Iraq war, Iran's regional ambitions, developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the global politics of Middle East oil, as well as the Islamic awakening, conflict in the Western Sahara, civil-military relations, economic development, political change, and gender understandings. Section introductions by the editor integrate the contributions, and a glossary, biographical list of key persons, and chronology of significant events provide helpful guidance for readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344409
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

1 Interpreting the Middle East David S. Sorenson 1

Part 1 Demography and Historical Memory 31

2 Demographic Development Onn Winckler 35

3 Historical Memory and Contemporary Affairs Glenn E. Perry 61

Part 2 Politics 93

4 Drivers of Political Change in the Middle East and North Africa Dafna H. Rand 97

5 Civil-Military Relations David S. Sorenson 125

Part 3 Political Economy 157

6 Political Economy Chantel Pheiffer Gregory White 163

7 Political Economies of the Maghreb Clement M. Henry 185

Part 4 Social Contexts 213

8 Gender Amy Elizabeth Young 219

9 The Islamic Awakening Raymond William Baker 249

10 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Christopher Hemmer 281

11 Conflict in Western Sahara Yahia H. Zoubir 303

12 The Political Economy of Modern Iraq Eric Davis 337

13 Iran's Regional Foreign Policy Manochehr Dorraj 363

14 Global Energy and the Middle East Steve Yetiv 383

Glossary 407

Biographies of Key People 413

Chronology of Significant Middle Past Events 421

Contributors 423

Index 427

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