Politics & Society in the Contemporary Middle East /
Edited by Michele Penner Angrist.
2nd edition.
Boulder, CO : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013, c2013
ix, 550 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
1588269086 (alk. paper), 9781588269089 (alk. paper)
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Boulder, CO : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013, c2013
1588269086 (alk. paper)
9781588269089 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 511-527) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-03-01:
This is an innovative textbook on the comparative politics of the Middle East. Including the editor, Angrist (Union College), who wrote the introduction and conclusion, an impressive group of 20 scholars contributed to it. It combines two approaches. Part 1 deals in a broad, comparative fashion with the whole region, focusing on governments and oppositions, the impact of international politics (on domestic affairs), political economy, civil society, religion and politics, and identity and politics. Part 2 is made up of case studies of 11 states and the Palestinian Authority. In keeping with the attempt to make this a work of true comparative politics, each country study is organized around the themes introduced in part 1. The contributors have provided an impressive amount of material. Some instructors may want to use it as the framework for a course on Middle East politics, while others will find it a useful reference. Admittedly, readers will find occasional small flaws, and some matters could have been developed further (e.g., foreign backing of regimes as a mainstay of their survival), but overall this is one of the best surveys of Middle Eastern politics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. G. E. Perry emeritus, Indiana State University
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This cutting-edge examination of the domestic politics of the Middle East┬┐now thoroughly revised to reflect the events of the Arab Spring┬┐has quickly proven itself ideal for classroom use. The book has been designed to give students tools that will help them to analyze politics in the region not only during the present unsettled period, but also as events unfold. Offering insightful analyses and a wealth of accessible information, it encourages comparative, critical thinking by students at all levels.

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