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Revolutionaries and Reformers
Revolutionaries and Reformers (January 2003)
Contemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East
Barry Rubin - Editor

Looks at Islamist movements seeking power today, and the difficult choices they face.
Islamist movements seeking power today are faced with difficult choices regarding strategy, ranging from armed struggle to electoral efforts. An emerging alternative consists of a rethinking of Islamist politics, where the goal of a "totally Islamic" polity would be abandoned in favor of some form of Islamic-oriented society. In this reformulation, Islam...(Read More)
 
 
Israel on the Couch
Israel on the Couch (January 2003)
The Psychology of the Peace Process
Ofer Grosbard - Author
Vamik D. Volkan - Foreword by

Applies clinical pyschology to explain the dynamics of the Middle East peace process.

By applying a clinical psychologist's insight into the Israeli-Arab conflict, Ofer Grosbard lays the foundation for a new theory and practice that espouses the use of clinical tools to promote relations between countries, religions, political parties, cultures, and different identities.

“His book is a welc...(Read More)
 
 
The Arab-Israeli Conflict Transformed
The Arab-Israeli Conflict Transformed (April 2002)
Fifty Years of Interstate and Ethnic Crises
Hemda Ben-Yehuda - Author
Shmuel Sandler - Author

Makes the perhaps surprising argument that in the last quarter of the twentieth century the Arab-Israeli conflict has been winding down.

The Middle East conflict, be it between the state of Israel and Arab states or between Jews and Palestinians, is a staple of international news. Utilizing both theoretical approaches and empirical evidence, Hemda Ben-Yehuda and Shmuel Sandler argue that despite the recent upswing in ...(Read More)
 
 
Social Change in Iran
Social Change in Iran (January 2002)
An Eyewitness Account of Dissent, Defiance, and New Movements for Rights
Behzad Yaghmaian - Author

A multi-level insider's look at the changes transforming contemporary Iran.

Social Change in Iran is an inquiry into the recent changes in Iran, blending scholarly analysis, eyewitness accounts, and the author's personal experiences. It tells the stories of everyday people, be it young men and women challenging the cultural and social mandates of the Islamic Republic, or workers toiling at multiple jo...(Read More)
 
 
Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World
Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World (October 2001)
Arab Basic Laws and the Prospects for Accountable Government
Nathan J. Brown - Author

Uses the Arab experience to explain the appeal of constitutional documents to authoritarian political regimes.

The collapse of authoritarian regimes and the global resurgence of liberal democracy has led to a renewed interest in constitutions and constitutionalism among scholars and political activists alike. This book uses the Arab experience to explain the appeal of constitutional documents to authoritarian regimes an...(Read More)
 
 
White Banners
White Banners (March 2001)
Contention in 'Abbasid Syria, 750-880
Paul M. Cobb - Author

Examines the fall of the Syrian Umayyad caliphate and the rise of the 'Abbasid state, predominantly from the view of the local inhabitants of medieval Syria.

Using Arabic, non-Arabic and newly available local Syrian sources, this richly detailed study examines the central events of medieval Islamic history: the fall of the Syrian Umayyad caliphate and the rise of the 'Abbasid state. As the 'Abbasids for...(Read More)
 
 
The Breaking of a Thousand Swords
The Breaking of a Thousand Swords (December 2000)
A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra (A.H. 200-275/815-889 C.E.)
Matthew S. Gordon - Author

A portrait of the Samarran Turk community while in the employ of the 'Abbasid caliphate during the ninth century.

The Breaking of a Thousand Swords provides a portrait of the Samarran Turks as members of a community with a specific and complex history in the early medieval Islamic world. It considers: the encounter of the Turks as rough, non-Muslim outsiders, with the sedentary, urbane world of Baghdad; the closel...(Read More)
 
 
The Management of Islamic Activism
The Management of Islamic Activism (October 2000)
Salafis, the Muslim Brotherhood, and State Power in Jordan
Quintan Wiktorowicz - Author

Shows how the laws governing civil society are used to regulate Islamic activism in Jordan.
The Management of Islamic Activism examines the relationship between the changing nature of state power and patterns of Islamic activism in Jordan. Using extensive fieldwork, the author demonstrates how regimes continue to constrain the organization of Islamic opposition even after the advent of political liberalization. In the case of the J...(Read More)
 
 
Turmoil in the Middle East
Turmoil in the Middle East (November 1999)
Imperialism, War, and Political Instability
Berch Berberoglu - Author

Berch Berberoglu examines the dynamic social forces and political turmoil that plague the contemporary Middle East.

Turmoil in the Middle East highlights the impact of imperialism, war, and political turmoil in the Middle East throughout the course of the twentieth-century--from the devastation of the First World War through the many crises and conflicts that have led to cycles of war, uprisings, coups, revolts, a...(Read More)
 
 
All in the Family
All in the Family (June 1999)
Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in Middle Eastern Monarchies
Michael Herb - Author

A new and provocative argument about monarchism in the Middle East.
"One of the most insightful and important contributions of the book lies in its well-articulated critique of the (simplistic) 'rentier state' theory, which attributes the resilience of Gulf regimes to their oil wealth and consequent ability to buy off the opposition. Such a critique is long overdue. The author's arguments and evidence to challenge the rentier theory shoul...(Read More)
 
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