Contemporary Politics in the Middle East

Contemporary Politics in the Middle East

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The second edition of this dynamic book has been fully revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary politics in the Middle East. Purposefully employing a clear thematic structure and including a wide range of case studies, the book explores and analyses the major issues which define the politics of this region of the globe.Milton-Edwards begins by introducing and explaining key concepts and debates and goes on to outline the impact of colonialism and its legacy, the rise of Arab nationalism and anti-colonial politics. She then examines major political issues affecting the region, such as political Islam, American foreign policy, war and conflict, political economy, democratization, ethnicity and the role of women. The book concludes by highlighting the politics of the region in the twenty-first century and the future challenges it faces. This is a perfect introduction for undergraduates, covering key political, economic and social debates and providing updates and guidance for further reading.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.64g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 074561471X
  • 9780745614717

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Colonial Rule. 2. Nationalism. 3. Political Economy: Riches of a Region. 4. War and Lack of Peace. 5. Past, Present and Future Politics - Political Islam. 6. Democratization: New Politics, Old Problems. 7. Women: the Invisible Population. 8. Ethnicity and Minorities. Epilogue: The Middle East and the Twenty-first Century. Bibliography. Index.show more

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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.show more

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