The Politics of the Middle East, 2nd Edition
- Monte Palmer American University of Beirut
- ISBN-10: 0495007501 | ISBN-13: 9780495007500
- 408 Pages
- Previous Editions: 2001
- © 2007 | Published
- College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $132.75
THE POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST is so highly regarded in the field of Mid-East study because it strikes a unique balance between an historical approach and the analysis of country case studies. This blended approach gives students a fuller picture of the region, including the influences of tribalism, kinship, and the Islamic faith as well as an understanding of the region's political uprisings, religious significance, and petroleum resources that make it crucially important to the rest of the world. In the introduction, key aspects of Middle Eastern politics are explored on a regional level, setting up the chapters that follow, which focus on country studies (including new studies of Palestine and Turkey). The influence of America's war on terror in the Middle East also receives extensive coverage. Each country study begins with an exploration of the country's history and an overview of the major political institutions and groups that shape current events. Particular attention is paid to the influence of elite groups and individuals. Next, the discussion examines the context of the country's politics: political culture, political economy, and international influence. Each chapter concludes with a look at the probable course of the country's politics over the next decade and beyond.
1. Introduction: Continuity and Change in the Middle East.
2. Egypt: The Tortuous Road to Democracy.
3. Isreal and Palestine: One Land, Two Claimants.
4. Syria: The Politics of Minority Rule.
5. Saudi Arabia: Modernizing a Tribal Monarchy.
6. Traq: Chaos and Democracy in the Land of Milk and Honey.
7. Iran: Islamic Governance in Action.
8. Turkey: Middle Eastern or European?
"In the 14 years that I have taught this particular course, I have utilized a number of basic texts, but Palmer’s book has been the first book for which I have been truly happy with and perhaps more importantly, for which students have offered their best reviews in year-end evaluations."— Robert J. Bookmiller, Millersville University
"The three greatest strengths of this work is its readability, its coverage of a wide amount of material in a concise, but understandable manner and its use of country case studies."— Robert J. Bookmiller, Millersville University