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Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

  1. Higher Education in the Gulf

    Revolution in GCC Institutions

    By Fatima Badry, John Willoughby

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This book examines the issue of higher education in the Gulf. The reader is provided first with a comprehensive description of the significant and rapid structural transformations in universities and colleges that have taken place, over the past two decades, within the GCC states of Bahrain, Kuwait...

    To Be Published December 31st 2014 by Routledge

  2. Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World

    Performance, Politics and Piety

    Edited by Kamal Salhi

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    In contrast to many books on Islam that focus on political rhetoric and activism, this book explores Islam's extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic diversity, showing how sound, music and bodily performance offer a window onto the subtleties and humanity of Islamic religious experience. ...

    Published November 28th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Navigating Contemporary Iran

    Challenging Economic, Social and Political Perceptions

    Edited by Eric Hooglund, Leif Stenberg

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This detailed examination of contemporary Iran addresses the most important current social, political, and economic issues facing the nation and the way it is perceived by the outside world. The volume brings together some of the most important scholars and researchers in the field, working in such...

    Published February 6th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Rethinking Israeli Space

    Periphery and Identity

    By Erez Tzfadia, Haim Yacobi

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This book sheds light on the production of Israeli space and the politics of Jewish and Arab cities. The authors’ postcolonial approach deals with the notion of periphery and peripherality, covering issues of spatial protest, urban policy and urban planning. Discussing periphery as a political,...

    Published April 20th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Chaos in Yemen

    Societal Collapse and the New Authoritarianism

    By Isa Blumi

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Chaos in Yemen challenges recent interpretations of Yemen’s complex social, political and economic transformations since unification in 1990. By offering a new perspective to the violence afflicting the larger region, it explains why the ‘Abdullah ‘Ali Salih regime has become the principal...

    Published July 21st 2010 by Routledge

  6. The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations

    By Chiara Bottici, Benoît Challand

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    While globalization unifies the world, divisions re-emerge within it in the form of a spectacular separation between Islam and the West. How can it be that Huntington’s contested idea of a clash of civilizations became such a powerful political myth through which so many people look at the world?...

    Published July 1st 2010 by Routledge

  7. Trajectories of Education in the Arab World

    Legacies and Challenges

    Edited by Osama Abi-Mershed

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Trajectories of Education in the Arab World gives a broad yet detailed historical and geographical overview of education in Arab countries. Drawing on pre-modern and modern educational concepts, systems, and practices in the Arab world, this book examines the impact of Western cultural influence,...

    Published August 17th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Syria's Kurds

    History, Politics and Society

    By Jordi Tejel

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This book is a decisive contribution to the study of Kurdish history in Syria since the mandatory period (1920-1946) up to nowadays. Avoiding an essentialist approach, Jordi Tejel provides fine, complex and sometimes paradoxical analysis about the articulation between tribal, local, regional, and...

    Published August 25th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Family in the Middle East

    Ideational change in Egypt, Iran and Tunisia

    Edited by Kathryn M. Yount, Hoda Rashad

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This book examines, in comparative perspective, the different ideals about family and society and how they have impacted on real family life across a number of countries in the Middle East....

    Published July 15th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Islam and Human Rights in Practice

    Perspectives Across the Ummah

    Edited by Shahram Akbarzadeh, Benjamin MacQueen

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Questions over the compatibility of Islam and Human Rights have become a key area of debate in the perceived tensions between ‘Islam and the West’. In many ways, discussion over the stance of Islam in relation to such factors as gender rights, religious freedom, social and political freedoms, and...

    Published June 2nd 2008 by Routledge

  11. Egypt's Culture Wars

    Politics and Practice

    By Samia Mehrez

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This ground-breaking work presents original research on cultural politics and battles in Egypt at the turn of the twenty first century. It deconstructs the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture drawing on conceptual tools in cultural studies, translation studies and gender studies to analyze...

    Published April 2nd 2008 by Routledge

  12. The Baha'is of Iran

    Socio-Historical Studies

    Edited by Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Seena B. Fazel

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    The Baha’i community of Iran is the country’s largest non-Muslim religious minority. This collection of essays presents a comprehensive study of the social and historical development of the Baha’i community, and its role in shaping modern Iran. Central to this study is the pioneering character of...

    Published August 20th 2007 by Routledge

  13. Nietzsche and Islam

    By Roy Jackson

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    In the light of current events, particularly the ‘post September 11th’ debates with much focus on aspects of the ‘clash of civilisation’ thesis, the issue of Islamic identity is a crucial one. Whilst Friedrich Nietzsche was addressing an audience of a different culture and age, his own originality,...

    Published January 31st 2007 by Routledge

  14. Gender and Self in Islam

    By Etin Anwar

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Using philosophical analysis, this book explores the construction of gender in Muslim societies and its implication to the constitution of the self. The root of the existing discourse of the hierarchical principle is examined as is the extent to which the process of human reproduction, especially...

    Published August 9th 2006 by Routledge

  15. The Arab Diaspora

    Voices of an Anguished Scream

    Edited by Zahia Smail Salhi, Ian Richard Netton

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    The Arab Diaspora examines the range of roles the Arab world has played to various audiences on the modern and postmodern stage and the issues which have arisen as a result. The variety of roles explored reflects the diversity of Arab culture. With particular focus placed on political,...

    Published May 14th 2006 by Routledge

  16. Beyond the Arab Disease

    New Perspectives in Politics and Culture

    By Riad Nourallah

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Presenting bold and original insights, this book examines the policies and diplomacies pursued by Arab and Western governments, while discussing both the political and cultural roles played by the modern Arab World. It explores the various facets of the malaise affecting the Arab world, stressing...

    Published November 15th 2005 by Routledge

  17. Turkey's Kurds

    A Theoretical Analysis of the PKK and Abdullah Ocalan

    By Ali Kemal Özcan

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    The Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) is examined here in this text on Kurdish nationalism. Incorporating recent field-based research results and newly translated material on Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK's long-time leader; it explores the nature and the organizational working of the party, from its...

    Published September 28th 2005 by Routledge

  18. Political Thought in Islam

    A Study in Intellectual Boundaries

    By Nelly Lahoud

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This book is a study of political thought in Islam from the viewpoint of the history of ideas and the relevance of these ideas to contemporary Arabic political discourse. The author examines the use of the classical Islamic tradition (turath) and its religious and philosophical components by the...

    Published January 19th 2005 by Routledge