Politics in the Middle East

Politics in the Middle East

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Events in the Middle East have prompted many questions concerning the conflict between Islam and the European states which have, historically, been seen as a military and political challenge. Why has ideological politics triumphed in the Middle East? Why have attempts to form constitutional governments repeatedly failed in Islamic states? This account provides the historical analysis necessary for a clearer understanding of these questions. In the 19th century Middle Eastern leaders believed that they could surmount the challenge posed by the European "Great Powers" by borrowing European weapons and technology, along with military and administrative organization, and, later, by adopting representative forms of government. These strategies proved a disappointment. The aftermath has been the establishment of military regimes, and an ideological style of politics, whether the ideology is nationalism of fundamentalism. This book describes and discusses the apparent success of ideological politics, and analyzes its character.show more

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  • Paperback | 375 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps, bibliography
  • 0192891545
  • 9780192891549

Table of contents

The legacy; The modern world; Threat and predicament; Constitutionalism and its failure I; Turkey after 1919: The failure of constitutionalism?; Constitutionalism and its failure II; The triumph of ideological politics; Maps; Notes; Further reading; Indexshow more

About Elie Kedourie

About the Author Elie Kedourie is Professor of Politics Emeritus at the University of London and founder of the quarterly Middle Eastern Studies. He has written numerous books on the Middle East and Islam, including Islam in the Modern World and Towards a Modern Iran.show more

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