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  1. Urbicide in Palestine

    Spaces of Oppression and Resilience

    By Nurhan Abujidi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Exploring the way urbicide is used to un/re-make Palestine, as well as how it is employed as a tool of spatial dispossession and control, this book examines contemporary political violence and destruction in the context of colonial projects in Palestine. The broader framework of the book is...

    Published February 26th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Mobilizing Religion in Middle East Politics

    A Comparative Study of Israel and Turkey

    By Yusuf Sarfati

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Contrary to the expectations of the secularization theorists, religious political movements rose to prominence in numerous countries across the globe in the past three decades. By examining the conditions that underlie the electoral fortunes of religious actors in democratic regimes, this book...

    Published July 31st 2013 by Routledge

  3. Transitional Justice and Human Rights in Morocco

    Negotiating the Years of Lead

    By Fadoua Loudiy

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book examines the Moroccan experience of transitional justice, more specifically the negotiation of the legacy of the period commonly referred to as the Years of Lead. This period of Moroccan history roughly spans from the early 1960s to 1999 during which thousands of citizens were arbitrarily...

    Published February 26th 2014 by Routledge

  4. EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century

    By Birol Yesilada

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The possibility of Turkey’s accession to the European Union has been problematic. Initially, the EU’s pursuit of regional economic integration and enlargement of membership, at the exclusion of Turkey, strained relations between the two. It was not until 1999, and under pressure from the US, that...

    Published December 4th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Human Rights in Libya

    The Impact of International Society Since 1969

    By Giacomina De Bona

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Since the end of the Cold War a democratic wave has swept through large parts of the world, propagating liberal values and giving impetus to the case for human rights in an international society. To date however, the promotion of human rights has presented a mixed account with some countries...

    Published November 18th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Patronage Politics in Egypt

    The National Democratic Party and Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo

    By Mohamed Fahmy Menza

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Between the military takeover of 1952 and the collapse of the Mubarak regime in 2011, the political system of Egypt depended upon a variety of mechanisms and structures to establish and consolidate its powerbase. Among those, an intricate web of what could be described as ‘patronage politics’...

    Published November 29th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Negotiating Political Power in Turkey

    Breaking up the Party

    Edited by Elise Massicard, Nicole Watts

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This edited collection looks at how political parties in Turkey actually work, inside and out. Departing from traditional macro-level analyses, the book offers a new sociological approach to the study of political parties, treating them as non-unitary entities composed of many different groups and...

    Published December 5th 2012 by Routledge

  8. The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy

    Understanding the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli War

    By Henrietta Wilkins

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Seeking to explain Lebanon’s behavior in the international arena during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, this book offers a critique of both systemic and sub state factors in determining foreign policy decisions. The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy illustrates how systemic theories are...

    Published April 24th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Everyday Arab Identity

    The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World

    By Christopher Phillips

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Whether through government propaganda or popular transnational satellite television channels, Arab citizens encounter a discourse that reinforces a sense of belonging to their own state and a broader Arab world on a daily basis. Looking through the lens of nationalism theory, this book examines how...

    Published September 9th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Environmental Politics in Egypt

    Activists, Experts and the State

    By Jeannie Sowers

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in Egypt from the late 1990s to 2011, this book shows how experts and activists used distinctive approaches to influence state and firm decision-making in three important environmental policy domains. These include; industrial pollution from large-scale...

    Published November 29th 2012 by Routledge

  11. Arms Control and Iranian Foreign Policy

    Diplomacy of Discontent

    By Bobi Pirseyedi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Since 2003, when the world learned that the Islamic Republic of Iran had succeeded in secretly developing a capability to enrich uranium and separate plutonium, the question of Iran’s nuclear program has ranked high on the international political and arms control agenda. This book studies the IRI’s...

    Published August 8th 2012 by Routledge

  12. Political Regimes in the Arab World

    Society and the Exercise of Power

    Edited by Ferran Izquierdo Brichs

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    One of the implications of Orientalism is that the Arab world, as a homogenous entity, is often analysed as an anomaly within the international system. This book argues that, despite their differences, societies across the globe ultimately construct their own history according to very similar...

    Published September 2nd 2012 by Routledge

  13. Contemporary Morocco

    State, Politics and Society under Mohammed VI

    Edited by Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, Daniel Zisenwine

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Discussions of the unsettled political and social landscapes in the Middle East and North Africa frequently point to Morocco as an exception. An Arab League member-state, Morocco enjoys a favorable image in the West, seemingly combining a healthy and balanced mix of tradition and modernity,...

    Published August 22nd 2012 by Routledge

  14. Sectarian Conflict in Egypt

    Coptic Media, Identity and Representation

    By Elizabeth Iskander

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    In light of the Egyptian uprising in early 2011, understanding the dynamics that are shaping Egyptian politics and society is more crucial than ever as Egypt seeks to re-define itself after the Mubarak era. One of the most controversial debates concerns the place of religion in Egypt’s political...

    Published May 30th 2012 by Routledge

  15. Sacred Space in Israel and Palestine

    Religion and Politics

    Edited by Marshall J. Breger, Yitzhak Reiter, Leonard Hammer

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Religion and religious nationalism have long played a central role in many ethnic and national conflicts, and the importance of religion to national identity means that territorial disputes can often focus on the contestation of holy places and sacred territory. Looking at the case of Israel and...

    Published March 8th 2012 by Routledge

  16. The UN and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    American Hegemony and UN Intervention since 1947

    By Danilo Di Mauro

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of the United Nations intervention in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1947. In his structured and exhaustive analysis, the author presents a long term perspective on the UN intervention in the conflict and explains its evolution during the...

    Published January 30th 2012 by Routledge

  17. The Arab State

    Dilemmas of Late Formation

    By Adham Saouli

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book explores the conditions of state formation and survival in the Middle East. Based on Historical Sociology, it provides a model for study of the state in the Arab world and a theory to explain its survival. Examining states as a ‘process’, the author argues that what emerged in the...

    Published December 14th 2011 by Routledge

  18. Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia

    The Challenge of Succession

    By Stig Stenslie

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book examines the structure of political power amongst elites inside Saudi Arabia and how they might cope with the very serious challenge posed by succession. Presenting a new and refreshing theoretical approach that links elite integration with regime stability, the author shows that the...

    Published November 24th 2011 by Routledge

  19. Saudi Maritime Policy

    Integrated Governance

    By Hatim Al-Bisher, Selina Stead, Tim Gray

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Because marine governance in most countries is sectoral, maritime policies are frequently fragmented, reactive, and even contradictory, meaning that marine resources are underutilized and poorly protected. To avoid these problems, the concept of integrated national maritime policy (INMP) has been...

    Published September 13th 2011 by Routledge

  20. The Arab State and Women's Rights

    The Trap of Authoritarian Governance

    By Elham Manea

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Researchers studying gender politics in Arab societies have been puzzled by a phenomenon common in many Arab states – while women are granted suffrage rights, they are often discriminated against by the state in their private lives. This book addresses this phenomenon, maintaining that the Arab...

    Published June 1st 2011 by Routledge

  21. The Contradictions of Israeli Citizenship

    Land, Religion and State

    Edited by Guy Ben-Porat, Bryan S. Turner

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book provides an integrated analysis of the complex nature of citizenship in Israel. Contributions from leading social and political theorists explore different aspects of citizenship through the demands and struggles of minority groups to provide a comprehensive picture of the dynamics of...

    Published May 18th 2011 by Routledge

  22. Arab Minority Nationalism in Israel

    The Politics of Indigeneity

    By Amal Jamal

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    National minorities and their behaviour have become a central topic in comparative politics in the last few decades. Using the relationship between the state of Israel and the Arab national minority as a case study, this book provides a thorough examination of minority nationalism and...

    Published March 14th 2011 by Routledge

  23. Conflict and Peacemaking in Israel-Palestine

    Theory and Application

    By Sapir Handelman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The Israeli-Palestinian struggle is considered to be one of the most entrenched conflicts in the world. Presenting and evaluating interactive models of peacemaking and the phenomenon of intractable conflict, the book takes an in-depth look into specific models for peacemaking and applies them to...

    Published February 1st 2011 by Routledge

  24. Israeli Nationalism

    Social conflicts and the politics of knowledge

    By Uri Ram

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The question of nationalism centres around the political, social, and cultural ways by which the concept and practice of a nation is constructed, and what it means to its various bearers. This book examines the issue of Jewish-Israeli nationalism, combining a sociological study of national culture...

    Published December 13th 2010 by Routledge

  25. The Iran-Iraq War

    Antecedents and Conflict Escalation

    By Jerome Donovan

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    In a tradition that dates back to the time of Thucydides, and the Peloponnesian War, the systematic examination of conflict and war has long been a preoccupation of political scientists seeking to resolve the enduring question: Why do wars occur? This study directly engages this question with a...

    Published December 8th 2010 by Routledge

  26. Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine

    Population, Territory and Power

    Edited by Elia Zureik, David Lyon, Yasmeen Abu-Laban

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Surveillance is always a means to an end, whether that end is influence, management or entitlement. This book examines the several layers of surveillance that control the Palestinian population in Israel and the Occupied Territories, showing how they operate, how well they work, how they are...

    Published December 8th 2010 by Routledge

  27. The Kurds and US Foreign Policy

    International Relations in the Middle East since 1945

    By Marianna Charountaki

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book provides a detailed survey and analysis of US–Kurdish relations and their interaction with domestic, regional and global politics. Using the Kurdish issue to explore the nature of the engagement between international powers and weaker non-state entities, the author analyses the existence...

    Published October 5th 2010 by Routledge

  28. Civil Society and Democratization in the Arab World

    The Dynamics of Activism

    By Francesco Cavatorta, Vincent Durac

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The transition paradigm has traditionally viewed civil society activism as an essential condition for the establishment of democracy. The democracy promotion strategies of Western policy-makers have, therefore, been based on strengthening civil society in authoritarian settings in order to support...

    Published September 29th 2010 by Routledge

  29. Democracy in the Arab World

    Explaining the Deficit

    Edited by Ibrahim Elbadawi, Samir Makdisi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Despite notable socio-economic development in the Arab region, a deficit in democracy and political rights has continued to prevail. This book examines the major reasons underlying the persistence of this democracy deficit over the past decades and touches on the prospects for deepening the...

    Published September 9th 2010 by Routledge

  30. NATO and the Middle East

    The Geopolitical Context Post-9/11

    By Mohammed Moustafa Orfy

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Despite having been active in the region since the mid-1990s, the role of NATO in the Middle East has attracted particular attention since the events of 11th September 2001. This book analyses the limits of NATO’s role in the Middle East region and examines whether or not the Alliance is able to...

    Published September 1st 2010 by Routledge

  31. Nationalisms and Politics in Turkey

    Political Islam, Kemalism and the Kurdish Issue

    Edited by Marlies Casier, Joost Jongerden

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book examines some of the most pressing issues facing the Turkish political establishment, in particular the issues of political Islam, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms. The authors explore the rationales of the main political actors in Turkey in order to increase our understanding of the...

    Published August 2nd 2010 by Routledge

  32. Public Management in Israel

    Development, Structure, Functions and Reforms

    By Itzhak Galnoor

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    As government management in Israel is gradually replaced by private sector management, it is becoming apparent that the collective-oriented mission of government cannot be fulfilled by the private sector or by the non-profit organizations of civil society. This book provides an analysis of the...

    Published July 28th 2010 by Routledge

  33. Democracy in Turkey

    The Impact of EU Political Conditionality

    By Ali Resul Usul

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book examines the impact of European political conditionality on the process of democratization in Turkey over a twenty year period. Employing theoretical and conceptual approaches to the issue of EU conditionality, the author compares the case of Turkey to that of other European nations....

    Published July 21st 2010 by Routledge

  34. Politics in Morocco

    Executive Monarchy and Enlightened Authoritarianism

    By Anouar Boukhars

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Democratization and the process of political reform is a critical issue in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. This book looks at the situation in Morocco and examines the role of the monarchy and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Islamic and secular/liberal groupings...

    Published July 4th 2010 by Routledge

  35. The Second Palestinian Intifada

    Civil Resistance

    By Julie M. Norman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Palestinian civilians engaged in numerous acts of unarmed resistance during the second intifada. However, these attempts in using non-violent strategies were frequently overshadowed by the armed tactics of militant groups. Drawing from extensive interviews, surveys, and observations in the West...

    Published June 16th 2010 by Routledge

  36. Europe and Tunisia

    Democratization via Association

    By Brieg Powel, Larbi Sadiki

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book is concerned with EU democracy promotion inside Tunisia, the first Arab signatory of an Association Agreement with the EU. Focusing on the content, context, mechanisms, and outcomes of democratization via association, the authors examine whether Tunisia’s specific mode of democratization...

    Published April 29th 2010 by Routledge

  37. Plurality and Citizenship in Israel

    Moving Beyond the Jewish/Palestinian Civil Divide

    Edited by Dan Avnon, Yotam Benziman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Israel's political process is too often framed in terms of a dichotomy between Jewish and Arab/Palestinian citizens of the state, a framing which perpetuates political inequality and consequent injustices. This book focuses on the conflict within Israel and the role played by modern states in...

    Published December 22nd 2009 by Routledge

  38. Political Succession in the Arab World

    Constitutions, Family Loyalties and Islam

    By Anthony Billingsley

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Political succession is a key issue in the contemporary Middle East. In this new study the author examines the process and shows how respect for those in authority and tribal codes of loyalty have been far more influential in maintaining regimes than security institutions and political repression....

    Published December 13th 2009 by Routledge

  39. Holy Places in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Confrontation and Co-existence

    Edited by Marshall J. Breger, Yitzhak Reiter, Leonard Hammer

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book addresses the major generators of conflict and toleration at shared holy places in Palestine and Israel. Examining the religious, political and legal issues, the authors show how the holy sites have been a focus of both conflict and cooperation between different communities. Bringing...

    Published November 30th 2009 by Routledge

  40. Islamists and Secularists in Egypt

    Opposition, Conflict & Cooperation

    By Dina Shehata

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    In a detailed analysis of the continued survival of authoritarian governments in the Arab world, this book uses Egypt as a case study to address the timely and complex issue of democratization in the Middle East. This book examines how relations between different actors in the Egyptian opposition...

    Published November 26th 2009 by Routledge

  41. Turkey's Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan

    State Identity and Security in the Middle East and Caucasus

    By Alexander Murinson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    With the end of the Cold War came a new political instability in Turkey and a shift in relations with the West, leading the government to adopt new foreign policies and forge alliances with neighbouring states. This book offers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the...

    Published November 26th 2009 by Routledge

  42. Ethnic Politics in Israel

    The Margins and the Ashkenazi Centre

    By As'ad Ghanem

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book offers an analysis on contemporary Israeli democracy, examining in particular society and politics from the perspectives of the different ethnic groups outside of the Ashkenazi mainstream. The book explores the political expressions of the secondary groups in Israel (Mizrahim, Religious,...

    Published November 17th 2009 by Routledge

  43. Intra-Jewish Conflict in Israel

    White Jews, Black Jews

    By Sami Shalom Chetrit

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This is the first book in English to examine the Mizrahi Jews (Jews from the Muslim world) in Israel, focussing in particular on social and political movements such as the Black Panthers and SHAS. The book analyses the ongoing cultural encounter between Zionism and Israel on one side and Mizrahi...

    Published October 12th 2009 by Routledge

  44. Islamism, Democracy and Liberalism in Turkey

    The Case of the AKP

    By William Hale, Ergun Ozbudun

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The Justice and Development Party (AKP) were elected to power in 2002 and since then Turkish politics has undergone considerable change. This book is a comprehensive analysis of the AKP, in terms not just of its ideological agenda, but also of its social basis and performance in office in the main...

    Published September 8th 2009 by Routledge

  45. Turkish Politics and the Rise of the AKP

    Dilemmas of Institutionalization and Leadership Strategy

    By Arda Can Kumbaracibasi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been in power since 2002. This book is the first book-length analysis to chart the rise and development of the party from its Islamist roots through to government, analysing in particular its internal organisation and dynamics. Since its foundation...

    Published July 27th 2009 by Routledge

  46. Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine

    Democracy versus Military Rule

    By Lev Luis Grinberg

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    The Israeli regime is a paradox. Considered a democracy, it has no recognized borders and controls the majority of Palestinians by military rule, while the resistance of non-citizen Palestinians exerts major influence over politics and policies. Drawing on detailed academic research and a broad...

    Published July 21st 2009 by Routledge

  47. Kemalism in Turkish Politics

    The Republican People's Party, Secularism and Nationalism

    By Sinan Ciddi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    This book is concerned with Turkey’s political evolution, the role of Kemalism, and why a social democratic alternative has never fully developed. Concentrating on the electoral weaknesses of the Turkish centre-left, represented by the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Sinan Ciddi examines the roles...

    Published December 22nd 2008 by Routledge

  48. Jordanian-Israeli Relations

    The Peacebuilding Experience

    By Mutayyam al O'ran

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel was unique as it bore the promise of what was termed a "warm" peace between the two warring countries. With legitimacy provided by Madrid and Oslo, hopes for "true" peace, as the Israelis would describe it, were high. This book explores the Jordanian-Israeli...

    Published October 28th 2008 by Routledge

  49. Civil Society in Algeria

    The Political Functions of Associational Life

    By Andrea Liverani

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    Between 1987 and today Algeria has been engaged in a conflict pitching the army against Islamist guerilla groups which has killed more than 200.000 people. During the same period, Algeria also witnessed the explosion of more than 70,000 voluntary associations, making it one of the most civic-dense...

    Published August 19th 2008 by Routledge

  50. The United States and Iran

    Sanctions, Wars and the Policy of Dual Containment

    By Sasan Fayazmanesh

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

    When and why did the United States policy of containment of Iran come about? How did it evolve? Where is it going? Much has been said about the US policy of dual containment, particularly as it pertains to Iraq. However, there has been little in-depth analysis of this policy when it comes to Iran....

    Published March 30th 2008 by Routledge