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The Middle East
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The Middle East

Fifteenth Edition
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Middle East Politics

July 2019 | 888 pages | CQ Press
“Written by a group of well-known experts and researchers who have diligently worked, and updated the book since its first edition to include the most important features of State, Polity, and Governance in Middle East and North Africa… This book is equally useful for instructors and students.”
—Jalil Roshandel, East Carolina University

In the more succinct Fifteenth Edition of The Middle East, editor Ellen Lust brings important new coverage to this comprehensive, balanced, and superbly researched text. In clear prose, Lust and her contributors explain the many complex changes taking place across the region. All country profile chapters now address domestic and regional conflict more explicitly and all tables, figures, boxes, and maps have been fully updated with the most recent data and information. This best-selling text not only helps readers comprehend more fully the world around them, but it also enables readers to recognize and formulate policies that can more successfully engage the Middle East.


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Boxes, Figures, Tables, and Maps
 
About the Editor
 
Contributors
 
Foreword by Lina Khatib
 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I • OVERVIEW
 
Chapter 1 • The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Ottoman and Safavid Empires

 
Changing Contexts

 
The New Middle East

 
States, Nations, and Debates about the Way Forward

 
Al-Naksa and Its Ramifications

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 2 • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Emergence of the Conflict

 
Consolidation of the Conflict

 
The Arab State Dimension

 
Reemergence of the Palestinian Dimension

 
Israel and the Territories

 
The Intifada

 
The Oslo Peace Process

 
New Actors, Continuing Conflict

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 3 • States and Institutions
The State

 
Regime Types

 
Key Institutions

 
Understanding Regime Breakdown and Reform

 
Prospects for Democracy?

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 4 • Religion, Society, and Politics in the Middle East
Religious Diversity

 
Religiosity

 
State and Religion

 
Religion and Civil Society

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 5 • Actors, Public Opinion, and Participation
Citizen Attitudes in the MENA

 
Formal Avenues of Political Participation

 
Social Movements

 
Informal Political Participation

 
New Channels of Political Participation

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 6 • Social Change in the Middle East
Social Change and Social Structure

 
Population Growth and Urbanization

 
Labor Force Growth, Employment Challenges, and Income Inequalities

 
Education and Human Development

 
The Family, Family Law, and Sexuality

 
Dynamics of Social Change: Focus on Women’s Rights

 
After the Arab Spring: Changes in Attitudes and Value Orientations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 7 • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
Measuring Development in the Middle East

 
The Economic Costs of War and Protracted Conflict

 
Development Paths in the Middle East

 
Development Challenges in the Middle East

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 8 • International Relations
Conceptualizing the International Relations of the Middle East

 
Military Capabilities

 
The Power Structure of Regional Politics

 
Historical Periods

 
Conclusion: Potential Transformative Forces

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
PART II • PROFILES
 
Chapter 9 • Algeria
History of State Formation

 
Changing Society

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Actors, Opinions, and Participation

 
Religion and Politics

 
Protest and Social Conflict

 
Political Economy

 
International and Regional Politics

 
Conclusion

 
Addendum

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 10 • Egypt
History of State Formation

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Parties and Movements

 
Religion and Politics

 
Political Economy

 
Regional and International Politics

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 11 • Iran
History of State Formation and Political Change

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Elites, Public Opinion, Parties, and Elections

 
Social Changes and Challenges

 
Religion and Politics

 
Political Economy

 
Conflict

 
International Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings and Websites

 
 
Chapter 12 • Iraq
History of State-Building: The Making of the Contemporary State

 
Social Change

 
Political Regimes and Governance

 
Political Participation

 
Regional and International Relations

 
Domestic Armed Conflict

 
Religion and Politics

 
Political Economy of Development

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 13 • Israel
History of State-Building

 
Religion and Politics

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Political Participation: The Left-Right Spectrum, Political Parties, and Civil Society

 
Political Economy

 
Israel’s Regional and International Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 14 • Jordan
The Making of the Contemporary State

 
Societal Changes and Challenges

 
Religion

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Actors, Opinion, and Participation

 
Political Economy

 
Regional and International Relations

 
Suggested Readings and Websites

 
 
Chapter 15 • Kuwait
History and State-Building

 
Demographic and Social Transformation

 
Religion and Politics

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Domestic Conflict

 
Political Economy

 
Foreign Policy

 
Future Prospects

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 16 • Lebanon
Making of the Contemporary State

 
The Civil War: 1975 to 1990

 
The Taif Agreement

 
The Postwar Period: 1990 to 2005

 
From the Syrian Withdrawal to the Arab Uprisings: 2005 to 2011

 
Surviving the Syrian Civil War: 2011 to the Present

 
Societal Changes and Challenges

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Actors, Opinion, and Participation

 
Religion and Politics

 
Political Economy

 
Regional and International Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 17 • Libya
History of State-Building

 
The Political Economy of Development

 
Social Change

 
Political Institutions and Participation

 
Religion and Politics

 
Domestic Conflict and Rebel Governance

 
Regional and International Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 18 • The Lower Gulf States
Common Themes

 
The United Arab Emirates

 
Oman

 
Qatar

 
Bahrain

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 19 • Morocco
Historical Overview

 
Social Transformation and Challenges

 
Political Institutions

 
Political Economy

 
Regional and International Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 20 • Palestine
History of State-Building: The Creation of a Quasi State

 
Social Transformation: Displaced Elites, Missing Territorial Constituencies, and Fragmentation

 
Religion and Politics: Evolving Relations

 
Development of PA Institutions

 
Political Participation

 
Domestic Conflict: Fatah-Hamas Divide

 
Political Economy

 
Regional and International Relations: Wars on Gaza Instead of Peace Negotiations

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 21 • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
State Formation: A Man for a Kingdom and a Kingdom for a Man

 
Oil! The Political Economy of Saudi Arabia

 
Changes and Challenges in Society

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Actors, Opinion, and Political Participation

 
Regional and International Politics

 
Religion, Politics, and Domestic Conflict

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 22 • Syria
History of State Formation

 
Changing Society

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Actors and Participation

 
Political Economy

 
Domestic Conflict and Rebel Governance

 
Regional and International Politics

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 23 • Tunisia
Overview of Tunisia’s Transition

 
Interim Tensions

 
History of State-Building

 
Social Change in Tunisia

 
State Institutions and Governance

 
Actors and Participation

 
Religion, Society, and Politics in Tunisia

 
Political Economy

 
Foreign Relations

 
Domestic Conflict

 
Conclusion: Democratic Consolidation or Reversal?

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 24 • Turkey
History of State Formation

 
Changing Society: Turkey’s Tumultuous Modernization and Contestations

 
Political Institutions, Governance, and Turkey’s Democratic Backsliding

 
Actors, Opinion, and Political Participation

 
Turkey’s Political Economy

 
Regional and International Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Chapter 25 • Yemen
The History of State-Building: Development of the Republic of Yemen

 
Societal Challenges

 
Institutions and Governance

 
Actors, Opinion, and Participation

 
Domestic Conflicts

 
Religion, Society, and Politics

 
Political Economy

 
International Relations and Security

 
Outlook

 
Suggested Readings

 
 
Notes
 
Index

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The Middle East (editor Ellen Lust) is the most comprehensive textbook on the Middle East and its diverse countries. . . . It brings the most up-to-date data, thorough analysis, and information by leading scholars to the fingertips of ‘budding scholars’ of the region at our universities. The book is a keeper on our bookshelves for use as a reference material.”

Heba F. El-Shazli, PhD
George Mason University

“Written by a group of well-known experts and researchers who have diligently worked and updated the book since its first edition to include the most important features of state, polity, and governance in [the] Middle East and North Africa . . . This book is equally useful for instructors and students.”

Jalil Roshandel
East Carolina University

“Excellent in-depth look at Middle Eastern history, society, culture, economics, [and] politics.”

Filiz Otucu Ruhm
Plymouth State University

“The Saladin of basic Middle Eastern textbooks.”

Peter B. Heller,
Manhattan College

“I reviewed many texts when developing my course, and I’ve been happy with my choice of Lust’s The Middle East. It is comprehensive in its coverage and balanced in its treatment of disputed or politically sensitive topics.”

Sally J. Howard
Concord University

“A well-written text accessible to students at the all levels and with varied levels of preparedness for a comparative politics or areas studies course.”

George K. Keteku
State University of New York, Westchester Community College

“Written by a group of distinguished academics, the Middle East provides an insightful review of the region’s complex politics from a comparative perspective.”

Yusurf Sarfati
Illinois State University

Comprehensive text and expert contributors.

Professor Sunday Obazuaye
Political Science, Cerritos College
September 10, 2019

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