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Contemporary Politics in the Middle East


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Preface to Second Edition. Introduction. What is the Middle East? Orientalism - the debate. State types: making sense of multiplicity. 1 Colonial Rule. Introduction. Merchants and missionaries. World War I and the death of the Ottoman Empire. 1918 and after: mandates, protectorates and continued colonization. Inter-war European decline. Sunset empire. 2 Nationalism. Introduction. The development of nationalism. The birth of Arab nationalism. The Arab revolt. The Arab nationalism and revolution. Unification nationalism: the United Arab Republic and beyond. 3 Political Economy: Riches of a Region. Introduction. Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief. Many models make poor work. Evolution of oil-based economies. Sheikdoms and petro-power. Rentier futures, profit in decline? On the wings of a dove: the migrant workforce. 4 War and Lack of Peace. Introduction. The bigger battle: Arab-Israeli hostility. Killing dreams: the Israeli-Palestinian dimension. Wast against West in the Suez crisis. Arab-Arab: brothers at arms. The lion and the peacock: Arab-Iranian relations. Lebanon: the politics of a deeply divided society. 5 Past, Present and Future Politics: Political Islam. Introduction. Islam and politics. Thoroughly modern Muslims. Muslim Brotherhood. Radical and fundamentalist Islam. Twenty-first-century Muslim. 6 Democratization: Old Politics, New Problems. Introduction. Clash of civilizations. Democratization or liberalization? Socio-economic indicators. Democracy and civil society. Islam and democracy - an oxymoron? From democracy to ethnocracy in Israel. 7 Women: The Invisible Population. Introduction. The role of women in nationalist movements. Identity and independence: status issues. Women and Islam. Subjugation through wealth and work. Feminism and gender discourses. 8 Ethnicity and Minorities. Introduction. Defining ethnicity. Minority status. The state and identity. Modernization. Ethno-national and religious battles. Conflict-management and regulation. 9 The United States and the Middle East: Pax Americana? Introduction. Objective national interest. Relations and rivalries. Burger bars and belly dancers. American foreign policy from ground zero. Epilogue: The Middle East and the Twenty-First Century. The colonial legacy? East-West relations. The future Arab nation. The political economy matrix. Carry on conflict. Political Islam: the politics of the future. Decline of democratization. Sisters doing it for themselves. Ethnic equations. American dreams. References. Index.

About the Author

Beverley Milton-Edwards isReader in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast


"Milton-Edwards' book will be of particular value to undergraduate students and lay readers interested in a balanced, comprehensive overview of the region. It is delivered clearly and, overall, engagingly." (Australian Journal of Political Science) "The genius of this book is that it integrates the different themes which run through Middle Eastern politics. The coherence of the approach adopted by the author is indicated by the manner in which she has updated the work in this second edition. Despite the substantial changes which the East has undergone since 9/11 and the 2003 Gulf War, the original line of analysis retains all its force. It remains a key reference for all those who are seeking to understand the region's politics, whether undergraduates, postgraduates or lay readers." -Tim Niblock, Exeter University "I welcome the new edition of this comprehensive guide to the politics of such an important region of the world. It combines sensible generalizations with useful case studies of particularly important subjects. It is a must for all who wish to understand the complex politics of the modern Middle East." -Roger Owen, Harvard University "Beverley Milton-Edwards has produced an excellent book, which is both wide-ranging in its coverage and punchy in its arguments. As such, its functions are dual. It works well as a textbook, introducing the general reader to key themes in the contemporary region, from oil politics to ethnicity, to women and nationalism. But it also works as a running commentary on key debates, such as the role of colonialism and the relationship between Islam and democracy. In short, this is a book with attitude." -Philip Robins, St Antony's College, Oxford

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