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Featured Series: The Contemporary Middle East

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Edited by Anoushiravan Ehteshami, of Durham University (UK), the series provides the first systematic attempt at studying the complex and strategically important MENA region.

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The Contemporary Middle East Series employs an innovative common format which in each case study provides an easily-digestible analysis of the origins of the state, its contemporary politics, economics, and international relations.

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  1. Lebanon

    The Politics of a Penetrated Society

    By Tom Najem

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    In a time of great political change and unrest in the Middle East, this highly topical text offers a succinct account of the contemporary political environment in Lebanon. Tom Najem provides both a developed understanding of the pre-civil war system and an analysis of how circumstances resulting...

    Published December 19th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Tunisia

    Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb

    By Christopher Alexander

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous...

    Published February 24th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Morocco

    Challenges to Tradition and Modernity

    By James N. Sater

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    For many contemporary observers and analysts, Morocco remains a mystery. So close to Europe, Morocco simultaneously represents a similarly open political culture and its complete antithesis: Human rights associations openly challenge authoritarian rule, while an emphasis on Moroccan singularity and...

    Published November 25th 2009 by Routledge

  4. Jordan

    A Hashemite Legacy, 2nd Edition

    By Beverley Milton-Edwards, Peter Hinchcliffe

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    Created as a mechanism for maintaining British influence through a local patron, Jordan’s future never looked certain. Nevertheless, under the leadership of the Hashemite monarchy led by Abdullah and then his grandson Hussein, the Kingdom of Jordan became a permanent feature on the map of the...

    Published June 1st 2009 by Routledge

  5. Libya

    Continuity and Change

    By Ronald Bruce St John

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    This book examines the socioeconomic and political development of Libya from earliest times to the present, concentrating in particular on the four decades of revolutionary rule which began in 1969. Focusing on the twin themes of continuity and change, Ronald Bruce St John emphasises the full...

    Published February 25th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Saudi Arabia

    Power, Legitimacy and Survival

    By Tim Niblock

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    Saudi Arabia provides a clear, concise yet analytical account of the development of the Saudi state. It details the country’s historical and religious background, its oil rentier economy and its international role, showing how they interact to create the dynamics of the contemporary Saudi state....

    Published March 1st 2006 by Routledge

  7. Sudan

    By Abdel Salam Sidahmed, Alsir Sidahmed

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    Stretching between the savannah and the equator, Sudan is a microcosm of Africa, with one leg in the Arab world and the other in Africa. Sudan's development, however, has failed to address the differences within the country between its diverse ethnic communities. This has resulted in political...

    Published December 22nd 2004 by Routledge

  8. Turkey

    Challenges of Continuity and Change

    By Meliha Altunisik, Özlem Tür

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    The authors put issues relevant to Turkey today – such as consolidating democracy, dealing with economic development issues, improving its human rights record and its foreign policy – in an historical context, allowing comparisons with other late developers in the world and reflecting the...

    Published October 27th 2004 by Routledge

  9. Syria

    Revolution From Above

    By Raymond Hinnebusch

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    This study examines the development of the Syrian state as it has emerged under thirty-five years of military-Ba'thist rule and, particularly, under President Hafiz al-Asad. It analyzes the way in which the fragility of the post-independence state, unable to contain rising nationalist struggle and...

    Published July 31st 2002 by Routledge

  10. Israel

    Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State

    By Clive Jones, Emma C. Murphy

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    Often regarded as the only true manifestation of political pluralism in the contemporary Middle East, the state of Israel has dominated the history and politics of the region for over fifty years. Yet despite its position as a regional superpower, Israel continues to struggle with the whole issue...

    Published November 21st 2001 by Routledge